Escape Plan (2013) Review
I actually liked this film and believe me I was not expecting to enjoy this. Still have a bad taste from Bullet to the Head (awful!) and to a lesser extent The Last Stand. But I genuinely enjoyed watching this film and had a lot of fun. Haven’t laughed at Arnies one liners for a while and I really miss it, he has some hysterical ones in this. The only down side to this film is how sad that it never got made in the 80’s or 90’s when the two were in their prime but still this was pretty good regardless. There are a lot of weird things in this film that I will mention later but nothing too bad and it doesn’t interfere with the main story. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.
“You hit like a vegetarian” Nearly my favourite quote of the film but not quite, not going to write my favourite haha “Helmet”.
One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. ESCAPE PLAN is the first pairing of action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in leading roles, and co-stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.
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Story: 80% Acting: 60% Characters: 75% Dialogue: 70%
Action: 85% Style/Sound: 65% Visuals: 85%
The story actually makes sense and is very entertaining, again it would probably work a little better in the 80’s but I get it and it had a fun plot path. The characters where very fun and none of them got on my nerves, but I actually enjoyed dialogue and how they all interacted. No wait yes it does have Vinnie Jones which is an automatic 10% of the top of this films score, can’t forgive paying him to act!
Arnold was on top form though and between fights, one liners and ridiculously oversized guns we got the old Schwarzenegger we all want, so funny in this film. Stallone was the same as he always is, can barely understand him and his arms are too long. Jim Caviezel plays a weird baddy but I think I liked it, it more subtle and a little crazy than most of these genre films., could take him more seriously as a man in charge. Also did 50 Cent fund some of this, because I am struggling to think why he was playing a tech guy in this (WTF?!) it made no sense.
The action is really fun and there is some fun choreography involved, which I find really important in a good action film. Getting to see Arnold and Sylvester face off (even pretend) is really fun and the dialogue exchange had me in stitches, granted mainly from Arnold but still very fun. The film isn’t all fight and guns though it has some thought process, Stallone and Arnold are both playing smart people in this prison and work together to escape and it’s actually pretty interesting at times.
However the end of the film as they escape (spoiler!) is really fun, all the planning comes together and we get plenty of fights and ridiculous gun play. The style of the film was okay but I’d have liked some better music and score. The visuals though where pretty flawless and was pretty impressed because this had quite a few moving parts so it could have been filled with very questionable CG but very little could I tell so I was quite happy.
The best reviews I found would be these:
“What do the Terminator, Jesus, Jurassic Park, 50 Cent and prison break all have in common? The answer: director Mikael Håfström’s beyond-ludicrous Escape Plan.” Digital Shortbread. Full Review
“I honestly had a lot of fun with that film, it’s kind of the stuff I wanted to see from The Expendables films and while it’s no return to form, it gives me hope for the future and I hope some good writers and directors give these guys a chance to do more action films while they still can.” Hyper Sonic. Full Review
“While you don’t need a whole lot of brain-power to enjoy Escape Plan, just know that this may be the first, last, and possibly only full-length team-up we’ll ever get between Arnie and Sly, which means you can’t take any of it for granted, in the same vein that they aren’t, enjoying every second that they got together with each other and this material. That’s right, it’s like a little something we call love. Or a bromance. Same thing.” Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews. Full Review
“I did enjoy this film and I know so many people will probably hate it and slate it. But just go with an open mind and have a little fun when watching this one, it isn’t meant to be taken totally seriously. It’s entertainment.” Let’s Go To The Movies. Full Review
My favourite scene would have to be when Arnold takes the mounted machine gun off the helicopter and gives that classic look in his eye which puts me stitches every time. Loved it and he destroyed those bad guys in his own over the top way.