Directed by: Mikael Håfström
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Caviezel
Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
Release Date: October 18, 2013
|This is the most ridiculous prison since Face-Off.|
Outside the Expendables franchise however, neither actor has ever worked together and even in that particular group of films their time on screen together is extremely limited. So when Escape Plan came around it was going to be the first time both actors would share starring credits and an ample amount of screen time together. For their fans it was a far more interesting and enticing opportunity to see them working together than anything we had see them do before, regardless of the actual film itself.
|This should have happened 20 years ago.|
There isn't much originality going on though with most of the film's point A to point B plotline playing out like a blueprint for dozens of other similar action/heist flicks. In short, you know where things will end up well before it reaches it conclusion, but that doesn't make the journey there any less fun. Aside from the perfunctory cliche-ridden script and perhaps disliking either or its two stars, there isn't much wrong with Escape Plan other than its lack of financial success sealing the fate of any future team-ups featuring Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Still, anyone curious to see the duo kick-ass together should come away moderately entertained, if not a bit indifferent at the same time.
Escape Plan is a fun, if somewhat derivative, action thrill ride that fans of its two stars will likely find as a pleasant nostalgia-fueled bit of entertainment. However, anyone looking for something a little more original or don't really care for either of its stars unique acting qualities will not be impressed and probably wonder why these kind of movies are even made anymore. Judging from the reception these films have been receiving lately though, it is more than a legitimate concern.