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09 February 2014

Escape Plan Review: Action Legends Reunite

When you talk about great action stars you immediately think about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Those two are the biggest action stars the world had ever seen. After more than 30 years of fears competition between themselves Escape Plan was a unique opportunity to see the two headline an old school action film. Both are in their 60's, and still there is nobody better at this day in age that can outperform them in one thing they do best - Action.

Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

The main idea of the film is interesting enough Ray Breslin (Stallone) being a professional escape artist from notorious prisons, but when ray agrees to try and escape from a prison that was built according to his own guide lines things go terribly wrong and ray discovers that he was set up. Inside ray is getting friendly with a local inmate and together plan to escape from an inescapable prison.

Escape Plan is not great but it’s not bad either, it’s there to showcase the biggest due in the action genre, while everything else just loses its importance. The main plot and the rest of the subplots regarding the lead characters played as a secondary part in the film. For some reason the background stories of ray, Arnold, Arnold's real identity as discovered in the final scenes of the film felt meaningless and felt unimportant. Whoever decided to watch Escape Plan came to see the duo of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone and not a great plot or anything that got to do with great story. People wanted to see the interaction between the two characters Schvarznegger and Stallone were playing on screen. Most of the time Escape Plan was descent, the film didn’t hurt the eyes and it lead you somewhere that looked interesting enough. Stallone was not at his best; unfortunately that is what he can do this day the problem I had with Stallone in escape plan was that I struggled figuring out most of his lines (more than usual). On the other hand Arnold gave a fun performance with his Rottmayer character. Another actor that needs to be mentioned is Jim Caviezel playing Hobbes. Caviezel had the best performance out of the entire Escape Plan cast. I know that doesn’t say much especially when you got actors like Arnold Schvarznegger, Sylvester Stallone and Vinnie Jones in the film. 

Nevertheless Caviezel managed to bring a vicious but in the same time fun and heedless characteristics towards some subjects while compulsive elements towards others, it was a matter of priorities with Hobbes. Anyway it looked great on screen and Hobbes was one of the most interesting characters in Escape Plan.

This film was not something special that you must see, it was a nostalgic reunion of two great action legends nothing more and nothing less. The diehard fans of Schvarznegger and Stallone will like it while the rest can put a stamp on the film saying it was fun at times and forget Escape Plan a week later.


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Escape Plan (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD)



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