Sunday, October 20 2013, 01:57 PM MDT
Movie Review: Escape Plan
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Genre: Action, Thriller
Recommended To: Those breathlessly waiting for Stallone and Schwarzenegger to appear side by side in a film with a fairly lousy script.
Synopsis: Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) makes a living breaking out of maximum-security prisons. His latest job finds him locked in the worlds most secret and high-tech prison. The only catch? Its a set up and to get out hell have to befriend Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a prisoner with his own agenda.
Review: Two decades ago the pairing of Schwarzenegger and Stallone would have made headlines. These days its not nearly the draw as it once was. Escape Plan is a missed opportunity. It never truly had a chance of being a great film, but it should at least have been better than it is. For the first 30 or so minutes the film lumbers around in exposition. This would be forgivable if it added anything to the story, but the character development (if you can call it that) is fairly pointless. Once Stallone and Schwarzenegger are put in the same room things start to get interesting. The problem is that both actors are showing their age. The action sequences aren't particularly thrilling and the cast spends more time dodging plot holes than gunfire. Jim Cavlezel and Vinnie Jones chew the scenery, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan and Curtis 50 Cent Jackson appear for almost no reason whatsoever and Vincent D'Onofrio sits around looking uncomfortable and in need of a shower. There's just enough here to entertain the target audience, but everyone else will find the film to be too silly and too sluggish to enjoy.
-Ryan Michael Painter