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As much fun as it is to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up onscreen, Escape Plan fails to offer much more than a pale imitation of 1980s popcorn thrills.
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Hafstrom tries to pretend his stars are about 40 and, for the most part, it works.
Escape Plan is the newest vehicle for aging action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and, in this case, it's a lemon or possibly an Edsel.
Try not to think too hard about it, and Escape Plan is stupid, stupid fun.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are relentlessly likeable, even when serving up plot and dialogue that would have been trampled on the writer's room floor of "Knight Rider" circa 1985.
Schwarzenegger misses no opportunity to be hilarious. How many actors can make you chuckle even when they're being waterboarded?
As Hollywood vehicles for aging action stars go, it's at least serviceable. Of course it's ridiculous, but what else would you expect?
Escape Plan's faults are obvious and hardly worth belabouring, but its successes are harder earned and carried off with a nostalgic, if not quite guilt-free, charm.
This film doesn't try to be anything more than what it is. What it does try to do is be a fun, engaging classic action movie with a few unexpected twists. And guess what: it succeeds. It's not great art, but it's great fun.
For old-school action fans, the sight of Arnie's automatic weapon spraying bullets that rip through flesh and send dark spatters of blood tracing patterns through the air like grim fireworks may still quicken the pulse...
The characters fit to a tee, except for 50 Cent, incongruously miscast as a computer nerd! The action is routine but the way they plan the escape is interesting and inspired.
As implausible macho nonsense goes, it's surprisingly good.
Escape Plan delivers an acceptable Friday action outing but its running on fumes by the time the heroes are tackling the last phases of its considerable gauntlet.
The beginning and the first breakout is actually rather fun. But soon we know exactly what will happen: Breakout tester Stallone gets screwed over and ends up in the proverbial unbreakable jail. His team-up with Schwarzenegger there is surprisingly unspectacular. It doesn't help that the plot relies on a lot of coincidence, suspension of disbelief or horrid planning by the bad guys. The action packed finale can't really pull the ship around. I fear it's time to phase the fact that you get better results watching reruns from the former action stars.
The Tomb becomes a place of interest in Mikael Hafstrom's Escape Plan.
Spending most of its 110 minute run time in a prison, the film takes advantage of an intriguing story to keep the momentum going. The game of cat and mouse that takes place for most of the film, but unfortunately not all, is what makes Escape Plan as good as it is. It is the final act where, despite a solid plot twist, things turn into a run of the mill action piece.
When it comes to the violence and action, there isn't a much to be cringe-worthy about. Sure, bullets do fly; however, the strong language contributes just as much to the R-rating.
It's hard to be disappointed with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger heading the picture; and there isn't much to be disappointed about because they deliver as expected. Both are locked up by a warden to despise, played by Jim Caviezel. Sam Neill should be disappointed with the character he is given.
Escape Plan starts off with its own identity. It just doesn't finish with one.
2 3/4's--Putting Sly, and Arnold, together in a film is ALWAYS a good idea, in my book. However, not in this film. It was way too long, and loses steam in the second half. The dialogue was almost laughable. Plus, it didn't help when Arnold just went commando towards the end. Shame, as this could have been really good had they put a little more effort into it.
The only lockdown escaped from herein is the obscurity given aging actors by the youth addicted society we inhabit. To that cause these crafty dinosaurs punch and grunt mightily to remind us of who they once were in the celebrity scheme of things, to curmudgeon-y effect, sorta like ol'grand-dad insisting he be allowed to try to open the stuck lid on a jar of mayo. You'll find yourself smiling despite yourself. They'll need to do better than this for a full return but you can't fault the effort made.
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