Notable Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones, Amy Ryan, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sam Neill
The idea of having Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up to break out of an "unbreakable" prison sort of makes me feel feeble and unmanly. I mean, two of the greatest action film icons teaming up to take on incarceration and all of the corrupt and ferocious private sector villains who run it? This is the kind of action film that old school action fans crave! While "Escape Plan" isn't quite the balls out action film one might assume, it's still an entertaining-as-hell flick that delivers on its promises and adds a few surprises as it goes.
While my assumption going into "Escape Plan" would be that the film would be an action packed modern film, it's only fair warning for those who haven't seen the film that it actually owes a lot to classic prison break thrillers then it does a "Rambo" or "Commando" flick. Which you know, is perfectly fine by me because it's a genre that hasn't gotten its time in the spotlight for far too long. It's not surprising that, considering their age, that Sly and Arnold took this film away from its action motifs and further into a thriller mystery film. It's not completely void of action as we get a couple of good fist-to-cuffs mid way through and the finale has plenty of gun action and a pretty sweet (if not overly edited) throw down between Sly and Vinnie Jones, but the film isn't focused on that and spends more time building plot and characters. It was certainly a pleasant surprise.
|"Keep the beard."
|"Didn't you replace me in "The Expendables""?
Written By Matt Reifschneider