Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Directed by: Mikael Håfström
Written By: Miles Chapman, Jason Keller
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 56 min
It’s a shame this concept and team-up were not put into production about twenty five years ago. If it had, Escape Plan might have been an career high for both its lead stars. As it stands – and it does pain me to say this – Stallone and Schwarzenegger are just getting to old for this. No amount of close up shots and quick editing during the action are going to completely hide that. Movie magic is capable of many things, but it couldn’t convince me any of this was film reel.
The supposedly inescapable prison seemed perfectly escapable. The guard to burly prisoner ratio alone clearly favored the inmates who were frequently allowed to gather en-masse, and despite the constant 24/7 camera surveillance, our central heroes were able to plan and conceal what ever they wanted. Gaping flaws in the logic aside, if this movie had taken itself a little less seriously it might have been great dumb entertainment. Escape Plan only partially commits to that role, so I can’t be as forgiving as I’d like to be. I really like Stallone and Schwarzenegger, and I’m truly grateful for the many many hours of top quality pop corn munching big screen action these two actors have provided over the years. Sadly, I won’t be including Escape Plan in that special collection of films.
The film tries to take itself to seriously, but you shouldn’t. Don’t go into this expecting two aging action heroes complaining about bad backs and other age related medical conditions while taking out numerous bad guys. For the most part, this isn’t played for many laughs.
Best viewing format:
This is probably better suited for regular DVD or a streaming show at home.
Best moment for me:
There’s a scene where Schwarzenegger has to pretend to have some kind of mental breakdown while in solitary confinement. He really goes for it, and rants away in German, which was very cool to watch.