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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 must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.
Action - This long-awaited buddy teaming of action icons Sylvester Stallone and
Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't become the slam-bang actioner people
expect until the end, but until that point it's still a fast-paced
thriller. Some of the other known stars such as Sam Neill and 50 Cent
have much smaller roles. Constant language and violence make the film
inappropriate for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average 'Escape Plan' squanders its opportunities for genuine nostalgia because, I suspect, its stars don't want to be remembered fondly for their old hits more than they want to show that they still got it...
USA TodayFull Review Average Stallone and Schwarzenegger can't save the story from the shackles of stereotypes.
Washington PostFull Review Average The plot itself is predictably divorced from reality, containing more holes — and smelling staler — than month-old Swiss cheese.
NY PostFull Review Above Average Mostly, though, the movie — the first one ever to give Sly & Arnold equal billing — roars along pleasingly, with fun surprises popping up frequently and the script taking care to explain exactly how each amazingly contrived ruse works.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 86 moviegoers:
As you can see, every group rated it about the same. Approximately half loved "Escape Plan." Another quarter, or so, rated it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, there's quite a high percentage of "Good/Average" reviews. For a movie with this level of star power this is fairly disappointing, but not bad. These "Good/Average" reviews indicate they enjoyed "Escape Plan," but it wasn't anything special. So, most likely, you are going to be very pleased with this movie or, at the very least, feel that it's a decent movie.
The world's foremost expert in prison security is trapped in a brutal black-ops fortress
housing the world's most dangerous criminals in Escape Plan, a high-octane action-thriller
driven by the explosive star power of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is the world's leading authority on prisons -- building them,
securing them and, most importantly, breaking out of them. Handsomely paid to engineer real-
life jailbreaks in high-security correctional facilities, Ray been incarcerated in every super-max
facility run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons -- with a 100 percent escape rate.
When Ray and his associates at B & C Security, Abigail (Amy Ryan), Hush (Curtis "50
Cent" Jackson) and Lester (Vincent D'Onofrio) are offered double their normal rate to evaluate
The Tomb, an off-the-grid, privately-run maximum-security prison constructed using Breslin's
own stringent protocols, Breslin can't resist the challenge. To replicate an actual imprisonment,
the location of the prison is to remain undisclosed and Breslin will be unable to communicate
with his team in any way.
Once inside, Breslin discovers that The Tomb is a pitiless high-tech warehouse for some
of the world's deadliest lawbreakers. A seemingly endless maze of glass cells kept under
constant video surveillance and surrounded by heavily armed, masked guards, The Tomb seems
to offer no possibility of escape. Worse, the sadistic warden, Willard Hobbes (Jim Caviezel),
makes it his personal mission to break the wills of uncooperative inmates -- like Breslin -- by any
When Breslin attempts to use the prearranged evacuation code to free himself, Hobbes
claims not to know what he's talking about. Realizing he's been set up by an unknown enemy,
Breslin has no choice but to turn to the prison's mysterious strongman, Emil Rottmayer
(Arnold Schwarzenegger), to help him survive the violence and treachery of The Tomb long enough to
unlock its secrets.