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More like a 4.5, but too good to give a 4
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.