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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. Read critic reviews

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Tough and chiseled Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) knows how to infiltrate a prison -- and bust out of one. His latest job leads to a double-cross, leaving him stuck in a high-tech facility with the worst that society has to offer. Luckily for Ray, he meets Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), an inmate who secretly helps him hatch a plot to win his freedom. Only sadistic warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) stands in the way of the two men successfully making it out alive.

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Critic Reviews for Escape Plan

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (57)

  • As implausible macho nonsense goes, it's surprisingly good.

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The most surprising thing about this movie, outside of its length, is just how unsurprising it really is, especially regarding its tired climax.

    October 25, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Hafstrom tries to pretend his stars are about 40 and, for the most part, it works.

    October 21, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This functional thumper generally gets the job done, plodding merrily, if unremarkably, through the generic set pieces, making a passable fist of well-worn material.

    October 21, 2013 | Full Review…
  • In a glorious moment of unified defiance, Stallone and Schwarzenegger look directly at the camera and raise a middle finger at anyone assuming that time has run out on these two aging heavyweights.

    October 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    October 18, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 12, 2017
    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.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2014
    Good old (and I think it's OK to classify these behemoth stars as such now) fashioned Sly and Arnold. Now here are two guys you can consistently rely on for B-grade quality action thrillers with just enough pulp to raise it above the average line on an occasion or two. The Expendables is a good example of this, but Escape Plan doesn't quite go farther than average. I like the idea based around breaking out of prisons. It's almost a reverse Ocean's 11 but with significantly fewer stars and screen time. Jim Caviezel is pretty interesting as the bad prison warden and actually pulls it off quite nicely with just enough hard qualities to balance his youth for someone running such a facility. However, the whole point is to see Sly work his magic and Arnold assist in as many ways possible for near 120 minutes of can he or can't he. Perhaps this script was written for two guys a bit younger than who we have, but it works all the way to the end with a decent twist that won't make you go "ah-ha", but it'll make you go "seems about right."
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2014
    The Tomb becomes a place of interest in Mikael Hafstrom's <i>Escape Plan</i>.<p>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 <i>Escape Plan</i> 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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><i>Escape Plan</i> starts off with its own identity. It just doesn't finish with one.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2014
    Completely stupid, and not even in a fun way.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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