Escape PlanReleased on October 18, 2013 3 comments
We were all ready to jump on Robert Redford’s latest fiasco about a man lost at sea on a leaky boat. (A clunky metaphor for his current career standing.)
Then we realized we’ve got a solid-looking blood and guts mash up staring a pair of good/bad superstars.
In a prison no less.
“Escape Plan,” is every bit as absurd as it looks, but that’s alright because unlike Redford, Stallone and Ah-nold stopped taking themselves and their status seriously years ago. Very good for us because we get garbage we can make fun of every six months or so.
Stallone is some kind of prison break expert who gets double-crossed and turned into a real convict before being tossed into the world’s foremost, inescapable fortress. The holding areas are actually glass containment boxes, stacked together like go-go dancer cubes, all the better for the masochistic, black-masked guards to keep an eye on the felon flock. The Warden is Jim Caviezel, the smoldering tough guy from TV’s “Person Of Interest.”
Schwarzenegger is an aging convict who recruits to Stallone to help bust him out, promising to kill him if he isn’t successful.
For those who don’t remember, “Plan” is a redo of another Stallone flick from years ago. 1989’s “Lock Up” also had Sly flexing his biceps for a non-sympathetic gatekeeper. Despite the intent to play to Stallone’s audience with a tale of a forgotten man forced to wage a Herculean struggle against a superior force, the result instead turned Maudlin and flat, a weak effort all around.
This is much the same, with better set decoration. Having said that, there are worse ways to kill a few hours, and brain cells.