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.

Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended

Story: 80%     Acting: 60%     Characters: 75%     Dialogue: 70%

Action: 85%     Style/Sound: 65%     Visuals: 85%

Total: 74%


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.



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40 responses to “Escape Plan (2013) Review”

  1. Smash says :

    Ahhhhhhhh, Arnold is in movies again. All is right with the world!! I like the concept of this movie and if it gives me a chance to reconnect with the Ah-nuld of yesteryear then I’m all in. Great review!


  2. Hypersonic55 says :

    Hello, me again! Cool review man, you seem to be one of the few people that liked this film as much as I did. I thought this film was great, seeing Arnie and Sly together was kick ass and they had the kind of chemistry and banter here that was missing from The Expendables. The action was good, some of the supporting cast was nice and the story actually work well for the most part. My favourite scene was when Sly was gonna disable the camera and told Arnie and the other guy to strike a pose, that was frigging hilarious!

    Like you said if this film had come out a few decades earlier it would have been awesome, I reckon if it had only come out in the 90’s I think it would have been an awesome thing. By that point Arnie was one of the beast action stars (especially after Terminator 2) and Stallone was pretty badass too, around the early to mid 90’s would have been my time for this kind of time.


  3. Victor De Leon says :

    I’m sold!


  4. Tom says :

    Great review buddy, and you could not have chosen a better favorite scene. That part was so P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!! 😀 I really had some fun switching off my brain for this, it actually delivered on what it should have


  5. theipc says :

    I’m looking forward to this one : )


  6. ruth says :

    I definitely will rent this one, hey I actually LIKE The Last Stand, I actually prefer Sly/Arnie in action comedy, ’cause really, how could you watch this thing w/ a straight face, ahah. Plus I quite like Caviezel, I think he gets more offers playing bad guys since his role as Jesus, go figure!


  7. Glittering-Diamonds says :

    I could never bring myself to watch this purely because the trailer alone made me cringe :p


  8. mikeyb @ screenkicker says :

    I think it looks great. Big silly dumb action with good one liners, whats not to like?!


  9. Chris says :

    Yeah, I skipped Bullet to the Head and The Last Stand because they both looked (and from most accounts, WERE) pretty bad, but I was happy to have caught this one. There was a whole lotta fun to be had with this one, and Arnold was especially great. Good review, Tim. 🙂


  10. Last Road Reviews says :

    Its Dave from Last Road Reviews. Sorry about the half comment. Glitches non stop through my phone. Unless the review shows up in reader this is why I’m not active on other pages.

    Great write up. I wanna see this. I’m a big Stallone fan. Odds are though the video release.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Haha that was the most random comment!

      Thanks though and I think you’ll like the film. Waiting for DVD or VOD is okay. its not going to make a difference to its weekend box office haha 😀


  11. keith7198 says :

    Good stuff. I just couldn’t get myself to watch it. It’s not that I feared it would be a bad movie. I just never could muster even a hint of excitement for it. Sounds like I should give it a chance.


  12. le0pard13 says :

    I just got back from this (taking my son) and I agree with you on how enjoyable this was. Surprisingly so. Good work from the ensemble cast.


  13. sidekickreviews says :

    I haven’t watched this yet but I’m still laughing at the idea of 50 cent as a tech guy. Please tell me he wears glasses and a button up shirt. 🙂 Man do these guys look super old.


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