Escape Plan (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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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One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb." Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. ESCAPE PLAN is the first pairing of action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in leading roles, and co-stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio and Amy Ryan. (c) Summit
Rating:
R (for violence and language throughout)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Jim Caviezel
as Hobbes
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Lester Clark
Amy Ryan
as Abigail
Sam Neill
as Dr. Kyrie
Faran Tahir
as Javed
Caitriona Balfe
as Jessica Miller
50 Cent
as Hush
David Joseph Martinez
as Captain Newal Beradah
Alec Rayme
as Pilot
Rodney Feaster
as Front Gate Guard
David Leitch
as Second Lieutenant
Lydia Hull
as Receptionist
Eric Salas
as Screaming Prisoner
Brian Oerly
as Skinhead Prisoner
Jeff Chase
as Prisoner Beaten by Breslin
Michael Papajohn
as Prisoner Beaten by Breslin
Dieter Rauter
as Rottmayer Stand-in
Jaylen Moore
as Console Guard #1
Stephen Livaudais
as Console Guard #2
Matt Cook
as Voice
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Critic Reviews for Escape Plan

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (24)

Hafstrom tries to pretend his stars are about 40 and, for the most part, it works.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Try not to think too hard about it, and Escape Plan is stupid, stupid fun.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Schwarzenegger misses no opportunity to be hilarious. How many actors can make you chuckle even when they're being waterboarded?

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

As Hollywood vehicles for aging action stars go, it's at least serviceable. Of course it's ridiculous, but what else would you expect?

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Escape Plan

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.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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