2013 / Director. Mikael Hàfström.
The seniors are kicking ass. The action heroes that my generation grew up with are still full of mojo and aren't showing any signs of letting up. With franchises like THE EXPENDABLES and RED the demand for these fossils is stronger than ever and we're lapping it up. The ingredient for ESCAPE PLAN is a formula for instant hit. Stallone and Schwazenegger killing bad guys together and joined by a great cast including Vincent D'Onofrio, Jim Caveizel, Vinnie Jones and Sam Neill. What's not to get excited about? Well prepare to have your enthusiasm squelched. ESCAPE PLAN is crud. Stallone plays a professional prison-escape artist. His job is to find flaws in prison facilities by posing as a prisoner and finding his way out. When he's offered a job to penetrate a new top secret, off-the-grid super-max he finds himself set up and held captive in a fortress of immeasurable durability. With the help of another inmate (Arnie) he sets out to crack the high-tech labyrinth and find whoever set him up. It's a contrived story and a lacklustre affair. Formula movies never bother me so long as there's an obvious passion in the filmmaking. There needs to be a zeal about the whole thing and something fun on offer... ESCAPE PLAN seems to have run out of steam the second Arnie & Sly shook hands... it's as though their star-power is enough and the actual movie doesn't matter. The performances from Caveizel and D'Onofrio are actually terrible to the point of being cringeworthy... and Neill's role is so insignificant that it's not even worth casting anyone of his calibre. I persevered with this movie even though I wanted to switch off. I was hoping for a strong final act and while there are a few uninspired twists and turns it all comes together as a lousy, second-rate vehicle for two big time action heroes from the 80s.