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The Escapist Reviews

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April 3, 2009
A customarily fine performance by Brian Cox and a well-oiled supporting cast are not enough to lift this brutal and listless prison melodrama out of the ranks of '40s B movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 10, 2009
Brilliant or obscure? Engaging or pretentious? Intense performances, artistic cinematography, ambitious editing and eclectic music are the filmic elements, but obtuse storytelling with almost incomprehensible dialogue completes the picture
July 10, 2009
The filmmakers succumb to the temptation of trying to have their escape movie cake and eat the psychological drama, too
July 16, 2009
This is a rather curious film, admirable in some ways but also strangely frustrating.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 17, 2009
The two narrative tracks only really come together at the end, and meanwhile we have to work a bit too hard to keep track of it all.
November 1, 2018
Unfortunately, the depiction of prison life is predictable and the inmates are extremely dull stereotypes.
April 3, 2009
The splintered viewpoints help with the monotony, but from the taunting of new inmates to the cell-block sadist, we've gone through all this before, right down to the final twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 21, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 18, 2008
About as plausible as platform 9 3/4 for the Hogwarts Express.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 21, 2009
O bom elenco é desperdiçado por um roteiro que se julga mais inteligente do que é na verdade e por uma direção que acredita imprimir originalidade à narrativa quando, na realidade, está apenas seguindo as batidas convenções do gênero.
| Original Score: 2/5
April 3, 2009
Too much of this movie about prison feels only like a movie about prison, with actors posing and directors getting poetic.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2009
It's simply an experiment in throwing a familiar premise into a blender and seeing how it looks once it's all chopped up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 8, 2009
I hate criticising someone for ambition but The Escapist is a victory of ambition over dramatic achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 23, 2008
All of this mayhem keeps us watching, but it would be hard to describe the experience as pleasurable.
April 6, 2009
How much you enjoy this prison drama will depend on your reaction to its fractured, flashback-laced structure. Oh, for the simple, straightforward days of The Big House!
January 3, 2011
Prison drama breaks all the rules - and wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 1, 2009
Director Rupert Wyatt and his co-writer Daniel Hardy have neatly trimmed the fat from this story -- there's almost no character, incident or visual cue that doesn't somehow enhance the plot or set up a surprise or key revelation later on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2009
By keeping the focus on the humanity, Rupert Wyatt makes a strong debut as a writer/director here, and his film's got a great sense of low-budget style.
October 18, 2008
The Escapist wrings jagged tension out of a fractured timeline.
July 16, 2009
A fractured, stylish and tense affair built around a band of great performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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