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Escape Plan

Published March 23, 2014

Escape Plan

Film info

  • Title Escape Plan
  • Director Mikael Håfström
  • Year 2013
  • Run time 1hr 55m
  • Genres Action, Thriller
  • Tagline No one breaks out alone

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

Time Comment
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

Rating: 3 / 5

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