The Escapist Reviews

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November 17, 2011
July 8, 2009
I hate criticising someone for ambition but The Escapist is a victory of ambition over dramatic achievement.
April 6, 2009
The movie was written specifically for Brian Cox, and it's a great fit.
April 6, 2009
This is down and dirty and raw.
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.
April 3, 2009
Too much of this movie about prison feels only like a movie about prison, with actors posing and directors getting poetic.
November 1, 2018
Unfortunately, the depiction of prison life is predictable and the inmates are extremely dull stereotypes.
January 3, 2011
Prison drama breaks all the rules - and wins.
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.
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.
July 16, 2009
A fractured, stylish and tense affair built around a band of great performances.
July 16, 2009
This is a rather curious film, admirable in some ways but also strangely frustrating.
July 14, 2009
A combination of a superb score and amazing performances make this a genre defying prison break film.
July 10, 2009
The filmmakers succumb to the temptation of trying to have their escape movie cake and eat the psychological drama, too
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
May 8, 2009
An old-fashioned prison breakout yarn and a tight little package of sharp acting, cloying atmosphere and narrative misdirection.
April 10, 2009
It's swifter, grittier, and louder than the typical escape movie, but it still falls firmly within the tradition of underground breakouts. Its contrapuntal timelines are twisted into a surprisingly elegant first feature.
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!
April 5, 2009
There's an intriguing twist to this puzzling escape-from-prison drama, as Brian Cox's convincing performance propels the flasbback/flashforward suspense.
April 5, 2009
A rousing film packed with solid performances and relentless suspense that brilliantly reinvigorates the genre of prison escape thrillers.
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