‘Escape Plan': Slyvester Stallone Wows In Unpredictable, Witty Film

Fri, October 18, 2013 6:24pm EST by 14 Comments
Escape Plan Review
Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Naturally, when you see a trailer for a film starring Sylvester Stallone, 67, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, 66, you immediately have to laugh. But trust me when I say, after you see the non-stop action mixed with the witty one-liners from these vets, you’ll leave the theater wanting more.

Escape Plan is an old-school prison movie with classic action — and yes, quite a few epic slow head turns. Who wouldn’t like a good old Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger throw-down?

‘Escape Plan’ Review — Why It Works

My main man, Sly, portrays Ray Breslin, a structural engineer, who dedicates his life to escaping prisons — he even wrote the book on how to have maximum security in prisons. His job is to go undercover as an inmate and break out of prisons around the nation, testing the weak security systems.

However, when Ray gets a call from the CIA to go to “The Tomb” — his whole life gets turned upside down. Bring in Emil Rottmayer, the inmate Arnold plays who, I must say, is looking GREAT rocking a grey goatee.

When Ray learns that he’s been conned into the mission — and they’re planning to keep him in there for life, he enlists the help of Emil to turn against the warden (Jim Caviezel).

Throw in a punch from an angry inmate here, and a ton of masked prison guards there — who Arnold creates extremely creative names for — and you’ve got quite the action-packed, quick-witted two hours.

Director Mikael Håfström knew what he was doing when he paired up these guys — a grunting, stronger than ever Sly; a wittier, faster Arnie, and a serious, glasses wearing, “techno-thug” 50 Cent — their words, not mine.

The chemistry overall between Sly and Arnold was incomparable. While we’ve seen them together in The Expendables, in this we saw that when it comes to Hollywood badasses — they’re two of the top.

The Minor Cons Of ‘Escape Plan’

As does every film, of course Escape Plan had it’s downsides.

For this one, it was the ridiculous — and I mean ridiculous scenes that highlighted the literal side of things. In a way, it was expected that the audience wasn’t going to be intelligent enough to read between any lines — every thing was spelled out.

At one point, Sly insults the prison doctor, Dr. Kyrie (Sam Neill), calling him a hypocrit and telling him to figure out his ethics.  Later, he was shown looking up the rules in a book — one called, Medical Ethics. It was opened to The Hypocratic Oath.

It makes me wonder who the director thinks the audience is. Who really needed it to be spelled out on the page for them?

‘Escape Plan': A Perfect Combination Of Action & Comedy

Overall, I adored the film. But don’t take my word for it.

HollywoodLife.com reporter, Danielle Noriega was impressed too explaining that she wasn’t expecting much but was “pleasantly surprised.”

However, unlike me, she was a sucker for Arnold’s performance more than Sly’s.

Does he age backwards? He did his typical Terminator gazes and silly phrases, but he packed on a few of the film’s laughs. It’s been a long time since a movie has had me at the edge of my seat – especially during those under water scenes. If you’re fan a of film’s like Gravity that test’s the audiences’ anxiety – then you have got to catch Escape Plan.”

After all the slow turns, bloody fights and sneaky prisoners, you get a mega plot turn — one that is likely to shock you. Trust me, you expected to see the chemistry between these two veteran actors, but you won’t see the ending coming.

Alright HollywoodLifers — get off your computer and go see Escape Plan this weekend!

WATCH: ‘Escape Plan’ Full Trailer

– Emily Longeretta

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Posted at 7:11 AM on February 10, 2014  

i actually like Arnold in this one, Stallone was not as good

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Posted at 4:04 PM on October 20, 2013  

Went to see ESCAPE PLAN last night.I am 46,and went with my 21 yr.old son.We both loved it. It was non-stop entertaining.It was not a Lock up repeat.It was a clever,smart,witty,funny,intelligent,keep you on the edge of your seat film.Stallone’s acting was actually very good . Arnold was on the top of his game too.He was good all around.Don’t believe all the b.s. trolls are spreading to make this movie fail. These guys are as good as ever.We really enjoyed the movie and look forward to more from our older action stars!

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Posted at 4:08 PM on October 20, 2013  

I will also say if it had been PG-13 the movie would have been a huge hit.Had your regular curse words,but not one taking Godsname in vain…….I was glad to know that! THINK ABOUT PG-13 MOVIES Sly!!

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Charles Barnham

Posted at 8:28 AM on October 20, 2013  

We went to see the film last night, Both me and my wife enjoyed it. One of Stallone’s better performances

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Posted at 7:45 AM on October 20, 2013  

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Posted at 2:27 PM on October 19, 2013  

Retire!! Sounds like “The Rock” ripoff. I’m 38, we used to respect Sly, Arnold, etc…. now we just laugh. Way to ruin you legacy you egocentric out of touch celebs.

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Posted at 8:31 AM on November 14, 2013  

Wow you couldn’t seem any more Jell if you tried. Laugh all you want, they’re too busy counting there money, creating amazing films and listening to the screams of their billions of fans to care about ur sad comments. The only thing funny are guys like you that criticise respected legends that are a million times better then you already. But your jealous comments make me laugh ironically at u so keep them coming :P

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Posted at 7:12 AM on October 19, 2013  

I saw this movie tonight! IT WAS F#@KING AWESOME!!! The guys[Sly’ & Arnold] have STILL GOT IT!! It was So Damn Good that—I’m seein’ it AGAIN on Sunday! YEAH,BUDDY!!!
If there are any bad reviews—F#@K’EM! Go see it for yourself! If anyone doesn’t like this film—they just don’t like movies…
It’s films like this and Expendables that make me wanna go to the cinema! #FACT…

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Posted at 10:52 PM on October 18, 2013  

great review loved it! keep it up

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Posted at 8:20 PM on October 18, 2013  

Great review Bonnie. Now more than ever looking forward to watch this movie!

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Posted at 8:21 PM on October 18, 2013  

Sorry, EMILY! =)

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