411. Escape Plan

Background info

411-escapeTitle: Escape Plan
Director: Mikael Håfström
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 55m

“Breslin (Stallone), the world’s foremost authority on structural security, agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb”. But when he is wrongly imprisoned, he must recruit fellow inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.”

Live blog

1:28 – Are you allowed to have matches in prison? That seems unlikely.
6:11 – Not knowing the time wouldn’t sit well with me.
8:56 – Hard to take her seriously after being in the US Office.
14:50 – Eek, you’ve got to be so smart to figure out how to escape!
18:36 – I’m liking loyal Fiddy.
20:38 – “Because he’s ambitious and greedy.” Say what you really mean!
25:38 – Oh Sylv, what have you got yourself into?
29:17 – Loving the massive barcode reader!
31:53 – Yay! Governer Schwarzenegger!
35:20 – “You look like the kind of guy who finds things interesting.”
37:02 – “Sometimes favours hurt.”
37:17 – Terminator versus Rocky. Fight, fight, fight!
49:58 – It’s amazing how quickly the fights break out, like they’re all just waiting to start punching at any moment.
52:11 – My god the genius.
55:21 – That’s one of the best reveals for a while!
58:02 – He even remembered to get the bread.
1:09:34 – You have to be super observant and have a good memory. I fail on all counts.
1:16:03 – Weird how they would let him know they were on a boat when it was a big secret just now.
1:27:47 – “Say cheese!”
1:38:00 – Arnie does rage better than anyone.

Conclusions

I wanted to watch this mostly to see the two titans sharing screen time, as well as intrigued by the concept of breaking out of impossible prison situations. I anticipated it being pretty rubbish though, having been burned by The Expendables.

It was surprisingly good, very watchable, stacked full of twists and turns and culminating in a good, exciting ending. I thought it got off to a slow start, and I was a bit disappointed that Arnie and Sylv didn’t get to have more crackling dialogue together.

There was also a bit too much fighting for my tastes, I know if you get these two muscley guys together, that’s probably what people are hoping to see, but I thought it was overdone.

The warden was brilliant, cool and menacing, totally unhinged but always in control. He’d make an excellent Bond villain.

Overall, enjoyable, almost a four-star movie but just knocked down by the niggles here and there. Heaps better than anticipated, though.

Rating: 3/5

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