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Escape Plan (2013 film)

A film directed by Mikael Håfström

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"Yo Arn, wanna getta oudda heye?" "JA! GOOT IDEA!"

  • Nov 9, 2013
The Expendables films gave us a team up that long time action fans have wanted to see for a long time, Sly and Arnie team up to fight the bad guys.  Brief as those moments are, we did get it.  Escape Plan is the real deal though-Sly and Arnold co-starring for a majority of the piece to win the day.  The sum of Expendales parts is still greater then this movies whole however.

Sly stars as an expert at breaking out of prisons for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, who tests how easy it would be to get out of the big house and so far, he keeps finding flaws allowing him to get out and to freedom-then offering the Wardens ways of improving their defenses.  One day a lawyer comes and offers Sly and his people a big sum of money to test a privately funded facility where the worst of the worst go-criminals whos political affiliations or other similar connections make it impossible to prosecute.  NOW:  Read those last couple of sentences and tell me if that isn't a little suspect already.  Then remind yourself it's just a movie and move on.

Sly accepts and immediately things go bad.  His break out password (if things get too hairy for him) is ignored, he witnessed a murder en route to the prison and he has NO contact outside.  He literally is in prison for no crime and his only friend is of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The two work together to find ways to exploit the patterns they notice to plan an escape.

Escape Plan is a tough movie to judge.  On one hand, the entire premise is silly and many of the supporting characters are forgettable say for Arnie and a few others.  Sly does learn where the prison is and it's an awesome reveal, but when the action scenes come up at the end and Sly and Arnie get into restricted areas of the prison, you begin to feel how little there was done to conceal the mystery.  Also on a final note, one of the mystery villians in the film is disposed of as an afterthought. 
On the other hand, the villian is an oily snoot played be Jim Caviezel who silently delights in the pain of all the inmates.  You can tell he enjoys his position as the warden of what is in all rights an illegal place even if he doesn't show it.  The best thing is that at no point does it feel like Sly and Arnie are competing for screen time.

Escape Plan in the end has some smarts, has some lulls, gives us some action but also gives us some lameness.  Arnie has made worse movies (Junior, End of Days, Collateral Damage) Sly has made even WORSE movies (Rhinestone, The Specialist) so this one easily floats towards the top of each resume but both have made many better movies too.  Escape Plan will escape your mind after seeing it cause there isn't much special about it, but after you've watched First Blood or Predator for the 90th time and want something new, it won't disappoint you much either.

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