Hello there people of the interweb, time for another film review and today’s first review will be on the action thriller Escape Plan! Man I have been following this film since around this time last year when it was known as ‘The Tomb‘ and the main reason I wanted to watch it was purely because it featured Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, two of my favourite action heroes from my childhood. The trailers for the film looked awesome so I was down for this film regardless of how it turned out, so was Escape Plan worth the wait? Read on and find out!
In term of the story the film follows Ray Breslin, a structural engineer who breaks out of prisons for a living, however he is wrongly convicted of a crime, and is incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison. So in order to get out Breslin is aided by cellmate Rottmayer as they set the wheels in motion for a plan to escape.
I thought the plot in this film, while a bit cliché is still an enjoyable one that offers good thrills, action a few plot twists here and there. If you’ve seen any prison-breaking films before then you kind of know what to expect, the only thing you wonder is how will these two main characters escape. And this film mixes a few things up and while it is serious for the most part it offers moments of humour which is a bit hit or miss, but when the humour works its frigging funny. Overall the story was good but I can’t help but feel like if it was handled by a better director and writer it could be so much better, I dunno why but after seeing James Mangold taken on The Wolverine, I feel like he would have been good fit for this film because of his decent track record with action films.
When it comes the to cast their all pretty decent, but in truth you’ll only be paying attention to Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, so let’s talk about then first.
Sylvester Stallone is cool as hell as Ray Breslin, in this film Breslin is a smart guy who is very observant, calm and collected and also know how to handle himself in combat. I think this is one of Stallone’s better roles in recent years, his character just seemed a lot smarter and less generic even though he still does a lot of this basic action-based stuff. As for Arnold Schwarzenegger as Emil Rottmayer I think he fares a little better in this film than he did in his own film The Last Stand or The Expendables films. I feel like Schwarzenegger had better material to work with the script and there’s more moments for him to be badass as well as him being hilarious at points too. Together Stallone and Schwarzenegger have the kind of fun chemistry that was missing from their team up in The Expendables films, and while it wasn’t the best material, it was certainly nice.
The rest of the cast is good too. Jim Caviezel as Willard Hobbs is a right sinister character who has very harsh methods for how he runs his prison and what to do to unruly inmates, Caviezel is pretty intimidating and cool as the bad guy. ffAmy Ryan was pretty hot as Abigail Ross who was one of the people who helped Breslin from the outside and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as Hush, even thought he was kind of typically black, he was still pretty cool and funny as another accomplice. I loved seeing Vinnie Jones as Drake, he was one of the head prison guards who dished out the pain to the inmates and had some funny and beastly moments. Vincent D’Onofrio was good as Lester Clark, he was the person who gave Breslin his missions and stuff. I was also happy to see Sam Neill as Dr. Emil Kyrie even if his role was in a small capacity I didn’t realise it was him into a certain ways into the film (I think it was the beard). And Faran Tahir as Javed was great, I also like seeing this guy in films and I liked how funny, charismatic and aggressive he was.
In conclusion Escape Plan is a great little action film that Arnie and Sly are still cool in their 60s and have the power to move and deliver the goods when the right material is presented to them. I honestly had a lot of fun with that film, its 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.
Rating: 7.5/10 (Some good action fun with Sly Stallone and Arnie Schwarzenegger!)
So what did you think of Escape Plan? Was it a good bit of action fun for you or were you disappointed with the team up of these action icons? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and join me later for my review of Captain Philips.