Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Escape Plan [2013]

"You Hit Like A Vegetarian!!!"

Release Date: 10 October 2013 (Malaysia), 18 October 2013 (USA)
Directed By: Mikael Hafstrom
Written By: Miles Chapman, Jason Keller
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Swarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones, Faran Tahir, Amy Ryan, 50 Cent
Duration: 116 minutes
In A Nutshell:
Ray Breslin (played by Sylvester Stallone) is the world's foremost authority on structural security. He makes a living by testing the security of various prisons. He accomplishes this by creating a fake identity, getting himself inside the prisons, and then breaking out of them. One day he is contacted with a unique job. It is an "off-the-books" prison which officially doesn't exist because its purpose is to make the world's worst criminals "disappear". However it seems that the people who put him in there to test the prison actually wants him to stay forever. As Breslin plans his escape, he befriends another inmate, Swan Rottmayer (played by Arnold Swarzenneger).

Thumbs Up:
+ Sly and Arnie turn back the clock and gives performances reminiscent of their peak years. Action fans rejoice!
+ An action movie that actually has a smart and thrilling plot.
+ Bad guys taking on Arnie when he has a machine gun in his hand. Bad choice guys, bad choice. Man, this movie is really making me feel nostalgic!
+ Explosions followed by catchphrases. Classic 80s action movie right there.
Thumbs Down:
- I just don't buy the premise of an "off-the-book" prison that violates every human rights law there is. If authorities really wanted to make criminals "disappear", they would've just killed them. An explanation is given, but it is still weak to me.

The Verdict Is In:
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Swarzenegger. I don't think many can argue that these two are the biggest action stars of all-time. Now at ages 67 and 66 years old they both show that they have plenty left in the tank because Escape Plan [2013] is prison break movie that they can be proud of. The story and plot is more entertaining and thrilling than the standard action flick, but it is the presence of the two legends that really make the movie shine.
7.5 out of 10


  1. Yep. It's official. I hate you.

    ( So excited for this one!)

    1. Haha... I know what a huge Arnie fan you are. I reckon you'll enjoy this flick very much. I know I did!

    2. I look forward to your review. I know it'll be hilarious as usual!

  2. I might give this a rent just to see Sly n Arnie going toe to toe. Glad to see they both still have it in them to be entertaining :D

    1. Hi Ruth! Can't believe those two has taken this long to team-up. If this was the 80s or 90s.... this was guaranteed to make enormous money!

  3. just saw this yesterday, best love Arnie..dude is wacky and yes when he held that machine gun...everyone howled! ..and i agree this one is not ur average action flick

    1. Yup....totally agree... Arnie shines more than Stallone in this one!!

  4. Good review Asrap. Can't quite take this movie seriously, which is one of the fun elements behind it.

    1. Thanks Dan! I had a lot fun watching these two legends in action!


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