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on January 15, 2014
The Good- The script is surprisingly well-written. Stallone's methods of escape are explained in intricate detail, all of which are believable and logical. Stallone is still likeable as a lead actor and as usual, you find yourself rooting for him. The action is done old school, not much in the way of CGI (with the exception of a pull away shot of the hi-tech prison). The hits are brutal and when people are shot it looks real. Jim Cavizel is great as the soulless warden of the Tomb. He shows menace without raising his voice, but using his eyes and chillingly even tone to show he is a threat. He also has some good humorous villain moments. The plot is again, surprisingly tight. Everything intertwines and is explained in equal detail as Stallone's escape methods. Schwarzenegger is great in this movie. I can't remember the last time he was so solid. Most of his jokes hit and he even shows some decent acting chops.
The BAD- '50 cent' and the blonde who play Stallone's team come right out of a B-movie with their acting. There is also no chemistry between Stallone and his group. Fortunately, they are not in the movie very much. I guess between natural aging and plastic surgery, Stallone has lost some of his facial expressions. At times, especially when he smiles, you really can't tell. Not much, but some the dialogue falls flat.
THE DEAL- This movie is a pleasant surprise. A lot of critics are incorrectly labeling it as 'dumb fun' eh, no. The Expendables is dumb fun, Escape Plan is not. While there are a few B-movie moments, this movie is a top-notch action film that will have you engaged in the story. Stallone and Schwarzenegger play off each other well and the action is in your face and realistic. Even though they are older, when Sly and Arnold slap people around you still believe it. This long awaited team-up is everything an action fan could hope for.
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on January 17, 2014
Sylvester Stallone is Ray Breslin, a man wrongly incarcerated in a top-secret prison. I should rather not tell you much about the story and his character, except that he gets a help from one of his fellow inmates Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), to escape from the jail run by a sadistic warden named Hobbes (Jim Caviezel). But Ray and Emil (and viewers) soon realize that this is the “most secure prison” in the world.

“Escape Plan” is an old-school prison-escape movie. It is fast-paced and action-packed, made with solid direction (by Mikael Håfström). While the basic idea of “the most secure prison” may be stretching credibility, it is fun nonetheless watching two stars teaming up for the big screen (though, as the story is basically about Ray, Stallone’s screen time is longer.)

The supporting cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Amy Ryan and Faran Tahir. Except for Faran Tahir’s role, none of the characters are fleshed out enough, especially Jackson and Ryan’s that are underwritten and even pointless.

So finally Stallone and Schwarzenegger are in one movie together (and not in a cameo role). Acting-wise, both stars deliver more than satisfactory performances, and there is an impressive scene where Schwarzenegger (speaking in German) shows his acting skills. And of course as an action movie “Escape Plan” is very enjoyable.
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on January 17, 2014
Fast, raucous, adrenalized fun at its finest. If you're a fan of 80's style action movies, this will not disappoint.

Ray Breslin (Stallone) is a top notch security consultant that must break out of the depths of "The Tomb", an uberwicked security fortress/prison complete with futuristic translucent cells, a smart, sadistic warden (Jim Caviezel) and sci-fi costume inspired guards (Brit Vinnie Jones). Breslin (Stallone) teams up with another inmate, smack-talking Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) and the escape of a lifetime ensues, via torture, pursuit and the usual high stakes are on the line; their lives.

The greatest fun in this movie derives from Stallone and Schwarzenegger zinging each other. Here's a small sample:
Emil Rottmayer: "Who were you before you came in here?"
Ray Breslin: "I break out of prisons for a living. Someone wanted this place tested."
Emil Rottmayer: "You don't look that smart."
Ray Breslin: "You don't either."

There's plenty more where this came from and it makes you wish California hadn't hogged the big guy (Schwarzenegger) all to themselves when he did his stint as the their Gov.

Darn entertaining and Stallone's best in a while.

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on January 31, 2014
Escape Plan is a fun action movie with two great stars: Schwarzenegger and Stallone. Ray Breslin is incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself and he needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. You get a Blu-Ray, DVD, and a Digital Ultra Violet HD copy of the film in this release. The picture quality is great and the audio quality is terrific. There is 70 minutes of total bonus content plus an audio commentary. The supplements are solid and entertaining too because Arnie and Sly had a great time working together. Escape Plan (formerly known as Exit Plan and The Tomb) was a huge success overseas since it opened at number one in many countries outside the US.

Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 | Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio Formats: English DTS-HD 7.1 MA, English Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, Spanish

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with director Mikael Hafström and writer Miles Chapman
The Making Of Escape Plan (HD, 23 mins)
Maximum Security: The Real-Life Tomb (HD, 22 mins)
Deleted Scenes (HD, 9 mins)
Clash of the Titans (HD, 16 mins)

Buy this Blu-ray.
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on February 3, 2014
I am a big fan of the 80's action hero's, especially Stallone and Arnold. I was hesitant on this movie because I didn't really get into the latest movies they have done, but this one was FANTASTIC! It was NOT the typical blow em up, shoot em up, beat the guy up movie that we are used to by them. It does have plenty of action, don't get me wrong, but it's also a thinker with lot's of drama. Loved it!!
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on June 29, 2014
I know a lot of "critics" didn't like this movie. I have been trying to figure out just what they do like. Not what I like that is for sure. If you like Sly and Arnold well this is a good action movie with an interesting twist at the end. I like it. It was fun seeing them beat each other up. 3 1/2 stars
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on May 22, 2014
I give this three stars because holy ----!, was it better than than that other piece of work that was The Last Stand--or the Expendables movies, which are little too gratuitous for their own good--but it wasn't quite a True Lies either (which would get four stars in my book). That said, I wouldn't go so far as to say it's "awesome," though, I feel this is the first movie for post-politics Schwarzenegger wherein it felt good and natural to see him on screen again.

Basically, you get two, older, muscled-up stars (Schwarzenegger and Stallone) doing what they do best: kicking a-- to overthrow the bad guys and looking like bada--es while they do it. Also, a couple of surprises throughout, such as Sam Neil and Vinnie Jones. While Schwarzenegger and Stallone don't "look" the way they did 20 years ago, I've got to say that the tenacity of these two is inspiring, and if I look as half as good when I'm their age, I'll say I'm doing alright.

In short, a good lazy afternoon flick.
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on May 18, 2014
Fun movie. 3 stars because of the lousy audio. The sound engineer on this must have had their hearing aid out. Background noise far overshadows the dialog in most of the film. Note - I used to make a living as a sound engineer so I have a little experience with mixing audio and this is poor.

This review is specifically the streaming version.
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on October 19, 2014
This is pretty much just Stallone and Schwarzenegger doing what they do best, but in a prison. It has them punching, running, shooting, killing, and mispronouncing words while making threats to the villains of the movie.

The story is pretty basic. Stallone breaks out of prisons for a living and then tells the wardens of the prison how they can improve their security so no one can get out. But it all goes wrong when one of his business partners sells him out and keeps him in there and no one knows he is actually not a real prisoner. So he busts out with the help of Schwarzenegger and they shoot, punch, kick and body slam everything that stands in their way until they are free and bring down the corrupt prison and it's bureaucracy.

It's not bad, heavy on the action and fans of these two super stars will love it. But if you're looking for a deep plot with lots of character development, you may want to look elsewhere.
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on September 6, 2014
Watching Escape Plan was like watching most any other Stallone movie. You knew the acting wouldn't be the best, you knew he was going to get into some kind of scrape, altercation and have a problem and you knew he was going to "win". I was fine with that. I knew it going into the movie.

As a film, it was pretty darn good. It was interesting in a way that would make someone want to likely watch it again. I know I would. The plot wasn't over played and the writing, as far as the lines went, were perfect for both Stallone and Aw-node. Escape Plan was a good movie to enjoy and come back to later and enjoy again.
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