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The Escapist (2010)

Steven Mackintosh , Brian Cox , Robert Wyatt , Rupert Wyatt  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steven Mackintosh, Brian Cox, Liam Cunningham, Joseph Fiennes, Damian Lewis
  • Directors: Robert Wyatt, Rupert Wyatt
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TZS5N8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Escapist" on IMDb

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5 men. 4 walls. 1 plan.
The jailbreak genre has a new white-knuckle classic: Brian Cox of Zodiac and The Bourne Supremacy stars as convict Frank Perry, a tough lifer determined to bust out of a London penitentiary to see his terminally ill daughter before she dies. But first he ll have to assemble a hardcore crew, battle the brutal prison kingpin, and pull off one of the most daring and suspenseful escapes in movie history. Joseph Flennes (Shakespeare in Love), Liam Cunningham (Hunger), Sue Jorge (City of God), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!), Steven Mackintosh (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) and Damian Lewis (Life) co-star in this intense and internationally acclaimed debut feature from co-writer/director Rupert Wyatt, featuring the exclusive song The Escapist by Coldplay.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Stylish Film Worthy of Attention November 8, 2009
Format:DVD
THE ESCAPIST, written by Daniel Hardy and Rupert Wyatt who also is the amazingly fine director, takes place almost entirely in a London prison. The main character is Frank (Brian Cox, in a brilliant turn) is a lifer who receives a note that his daughter is a junkie in dire straits and becomes obsessed with escaping prison to make amends with her. He gathers a strange, disparate group of fellow inmates to complete tasks in his carefully planned but exceptionally dangerous escape: Brodie (Liam Cunningham) has the brains, Viv Batista (Seu Jorge) has the drugs, Leny Drake (Joseph Fiennes) has the hands and cunning. In order to keep his escape plans secret he must overcomes the wiles of the prison inmate leader Rizza (Damian Lewis) whose sicko brother Tony (Steven Mackintosh) causes problems, including the physical abuse of a very young newcomer inmate Lacey (Dominic Cooper) whose loathing for Tony's endless advances drives him to the point of causing a major glitch in Frank's plan. But the escape plan proceeds and the film is a back and forth play between the planning and the actual process of the escape. Little is said in words in this film: most of the action comes for the faces and eye to eye encounters that drive the relentless attempt to escape to conclusion. And the ending will surprise every viewer, so cleverly has this story been prepared and told.

The acting is exceptional and the tenor of the film is greatly enhanced by the suspenseful cinematography by Philipp Blaubach. Benjamin Wallfisch provides some haunting, almost a cappella songs that heighten the intensity of the drama by commenting on it, and in other portions his musical score is the sort that maximizes the emotional aspect of the film rather than drawing attention to the music itself. This is far more than just another prison break film. This is a polished psychological thriller that deserves wide attention. Now, where is the DVD on Amazon.com? Surely it will appear soon. Grady Harp
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prison Drama With a Twist January 28, 2010
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"The Escapist" is a thriller about Frank Perry (Brian Cox), a tough lifer determined to bust out of a London penitentiary to see his terminally ill daughter before she dies. First, however, he'll have to assemble a hardcore crew, battle the brutal prison kingpin, and pull off a daring, suspenseful escape. Director Rupert Wyatt cuts back and forth between the escape in progress and the days leading up to it.
Prison films are not new, but "The Escapist" manages to make a familiar plot fresh thanks to well-written characterizations and a terrific performance by Brian Cox. The success or failure of a prison escape flick depends on whether we care about the characters, and Cox, along with Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Dominic Cooper, Steven Mackintosh, and Damian Lewis, provide solid portrayals. The twist here is that the escape plot is motivated by a man longing to see his dying child one last time. Also, the film contains a climactic secret that is unexpected and actually works. There are no bonus extras in this bare-bones Widescreen release.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully realized jailbreak flick January 13, 2010
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4.2 stars

Rupert Wyatt scored big on this, his first feature film. He nails it as both writer and director; the characters are interesting and believable, the movie looks grimly gorgeous, and his time-shifting script pays off in the end in unexpected ways. He pulls fine performances from the entire cast, with Brian Cox leading the way. The music is also first-rate, always in tune with the director's intentions and often quite moving in its own right. It is in fact a very smart film in most every way; even the title takes on great resonance as the tale plays out.

I'm surprised there aren't more reviews of this here; it's a fine film, and maybe the best prison break movie since Shawshank. Give it time and I'm guessing The Escapist will become a true cult favorite, taking its deserved place just below such genre masterpieces as Papillon, Shawshank, and the Alcatraz films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blend of Two Genres November 3, 2011
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I like rubber reality movies. They give me something to wrap my head around and, when done well, offer up some great surprises. I also like prison escape movies and film history is replete with some great ones. Here the two are joined with some really nifty results.

Here's the scoop. Brian Cox is in prison. An old nasty prison at that. He gets word that his daughter has become a junkie. She's had two heart attacks and won't survive a third. He needs to escape and try to save her. He hooks up with a few of his prison mates and concocts an escape plan. So, of course, the question becomes: Will the plan work?

This is a way cool movie. They cross cut between the escape itself and various events leading up to it. Truth be told, the cross cutting and the heavy British accents left me a bit confused at times, but pretty much everything got straightened out by the end. The prison scenes depicted many of the same things seen in similar movies. Bad guys and really bad guys who will kill you if you step out of line. Prison guards who look the other way when bad stuff happens. Homosexuality and guys who procure stuff that isn't supposed to be inside a prison. These things aren't new but they're done very well here. The escape itself is good. It's clever but not sensational, so you believe it. The punchline blew me away. It made me want to see the movie again to see what hints they might have provided to lead up to the big surprise.

Brian Cox is his usual good self. Damian Lewis is great as an effeminate, brutal inmate who is pretty much the king of the hill. Joe Feinnes does a standup job as do all the other players. The production values are good but this is just an outstanding movie overall. It moves like a freight train with nary a dull moment. For my dollar it was more than worth the time I invested to watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the escapist dvd
Great movie.I Love prison /jail movies of any kind....This one is great..Some major major scenes though....You have to sit down and watch it with no interruptions to get the movie.
Published 2 months ago by bulldog
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
For those who are disappointed not to see an overwhelming amount of guts, blood, gore and special effects, get over yourselves. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tsiri 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars Come for Damian Lewis stay for the twist ending
As a big Damian Lewis fan since my daughter introduced me to The Forsyte Saga, I bought this movie mainly to see him. And, he is phenomenally creepy in the film. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Reader47
1.0 out of 5 stars The Escapist
Did not care for this movie at all. It was boring and not to my liking. I do like Joseph Fiennes, that's all I can say about it.
Published 17 months ago by Lavender
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent but needs sub-titles
This is a meaty well-acted prison drama but I lost a lot of details.
Whenever there is a clincher the last sentence will be off the cuff and said too quickly plus in a lowered... Read more
Published 18 months ago by .fgd
1.0 out of 5 stars poor excuse for a movie
This movie was terrible. The writing was terrible and the acting was worse. Don't waste your money.I did not even get all the way through it before I turned it off.
Published 22 months ago by L. Catlett
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem
Wow, what a great movie. Joseph Fiennes is sheer intensity, Dominic Cooper tugs at your heart-strings and Brian Cox is great as always. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Susan A. Montgomery
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 STARS) Great Brian Cox
In an Irish-UK crime thriller "The Escapist" Brian Cox plays Frank Perry, a convict for life, who gets his first letter in fourteen years. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing...
This was a great film. Indepent, and low budget...but great cinematic quality. Great cast of actors showing theirs mad skills.
Published on April 14, 2012 by Josh
4.0 out of 5 stars Escapist
Great movie with a surprising ending. The movie was well thought out overall with a good supporting casts. Prison life with a twist.
Published on January 30, 2012 by Chicagollee
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