The Escapist (2001)





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Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon directs the revenge thriller The Escapist. Escaped convict Ricky Barnes (Andy Serkis, Gollom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) breaks into the house of commercial pilot Denis (Jonny Lee Miller) and kills his pregnant wife, Valerie (Paloma Baeza). The baby survives but Denis is too distraught to care for it, so relative Christine (Jodhi May) steps in to take over the parenting duties. Denis then stages an elaborate plan of revenge by faking his own death and turning into a criminal. After being caught and convicted, he makes several failed attempts at escaping prison in an effort to mimic his enemy, Ricky. Denis is taken to increasingly higher security prisons until he is at the same one as Ricky, leading to a violent conclusion.
R (language and violence)
Mystery & Suspense
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Andy Serkis
as Ricky Barnes
Jodhi May
as Christine
Paloma Baeza
as Valerie
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All Critics (2)

The whole thing's about as believable as an episode of 24 or Prison Break, but that's undoubtedly part of its charm...

Full Review… | January 29, 2006
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As a simple yet satisfying pulp-crime story from across the pond, The Escapist is quite a lot more entertaining than you'd logically expect.

Full Review… | January 1, 2006

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Plot/Summary When the botched break-in of a career criminal (Andy Serkis, of the Lord of the Rings trilogy) results in the murder of a beautiful young wife, her grief-stricken husband, Denis (Jonny Lee Miller), is so distraught that he devotes his life to avenging her death. True to his word, he'll do almost anything to take out the man who killed the love of his life -- including getting himself arrested so he can "visit" his target in prison. Director & Cast Director, (Gillies Mackinnon) Cast, Jonny Lee Millar(Denis) Andy Serkins(Rickey Barnes) Gary Lewis(Ron) My Review When Rickey Barnes kills a pregnant women Denis must take his revenge by going to his jail and kill him. Now right off the bat i love prison movies so i wiil of course probably think whoa this is gonna be a great film which of course it was but i dont see much of an escape or like i have plan oh we have to bust or dam. But it still serves as a prison film by a man going to jail to kill his wifes murder. He escapes a couple of prisons to go to a specfic one which is dull what is also dull is that the escapes are not that long. but overall its a great prison film and is a good ultimate prison thriller so i give The Escapist a 4.5 out of 5.

Edward Cantillo
Edward Cantillo

While it could have been shorter, this was more enjoyable than one might think. Andy Serkis plays a beliavable villian, and JLM is actually a good lead actor. Why the guy doesn't get more main roles instead of Mark Whalberg and his clones is beyond me.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Better than you might expect from the cheesey box art.

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