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Escape Plan (2013) Movie Poster Even though it is not among the most anxiously awaited movies of 2013, Escape Plan is certainly worth your attention. With Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger playing the main characters, a lot of action-adventure fans who love their 80’s and 90’s movies will certainly go see this one. How about the average unbiased film fan? Let’s find out if this movie is worth watching.

The story told in Escape Plan is, not surprisingly, very simple. Ray Breslin, played by Stallone, is a structural engineer specializing in the design and construction of high-security prisons. He is wrongfully convicted and placed in one and has to use his skills to escape and find out who framed him. He is aided by his soulful inmate Swan Rottmayer played by Schwarzenegger and computer expert Hush played by 50 Cent. Breslin and Rottamyer stand against the prison warden Hobbs (Jim Caviezel) and the corrupt prison guard Drake (Vinnie Jones). The movie is directed by Mikael Hafstron with screenplay by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller.

Despite the simplicity of the story, the plot of Escape Plan is actually quite clever. The prison setting seems quite realistic and is really depressing with all the metal doors and the artificial lighting. There is a lot of action in the movie with the fight scenes somehow reminding of the best examples of the 1980’s. Surprisingly or not, there are not many special effects. The focus is more on the rough action and this is certainly something to appreciate given that the market is dominated by often ludicrous sci-fi movies with nothing more but special effects.

The lines are quite clever, even though many viewers expect the opposite. Another thing which may be surprising is that you can really see what is going on in the minds of the two opponents, Breslin and Hobbs. It is truly intriguing to see how they try to outplay one another in a race against time. There is a lot of tension in this movie with the dark notes dominating. It is Swan Rottmayer who slips funny lines and brightens up the situation a bit from time to time.

The performance of Stallone in Escape Plan can be best described as superb. He shows a lot of muscle, but the there is a lot of depth in his character too. You can literally understand how his mind works and what he feels inside despite the calm facade. The performance of Schwarzenegger is quite good, but not great. He manages to be somewhat funny, but we do not get to learn much about his character. Jim Caviezel offers a great performance as the smart and ruthless bad guy. You should definitely watch Escape Plan online.

Genres: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Running Time: 116 min.
Release Date: 17 October 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Mikael Håfström more..

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