2018 | DIR. STEVEN C MILLER | REVIEW BY SHAUN CRAWFORD.
That’s not to say it was a poor film, quite the contrary. It’s $50-million budget delivered a slick prison-escape thriller in which Sylvester Stallone’s escape expert Ray Breslin is tasked with finding and exploiting the flaws in the maximum-security penitentiary run by head-case Jim Caviezel.
It delivered the goods as a throw-back 105-minute diversion that satisfied audience expectations without over estimating itself.
So now - 5 years later - comes the inevitable sequel, this time starring Stallone and Dave Bautista, whereby they hatch another escape plan to break out of ‘Hades’, the next bestest, baddest, scariest prison in the world ever.
Shot in 3 weeks and directed by DTV-stalwart Steven C Miller, ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES is almost everything you’d expect from the cheapie sequel to a moderate success; dull, uninspired and tragically devoid of originality.
Basically a retread of the original, Hades doesn’t even have the good grace to use Stallone as the star, instead, his 7 days on set saw him recording a voice-over to try and sell the viewer his presence without him flexing his 72-year old muscles (yeah, he’s really 72 years old) and instead give the lead to Jesse Metcalfe who, bizarrely, looks so similar to the films baddie, Wes Chatham, at times it’s hard to tell them apart when they’re opposite each other.
Like Steven C Miller’s other projects, EP2:H looks the biz but patchy CGI and an under-wrought story by Miles Chapman pull the film to pieces before it really gets a chance to get a leg up.
Not surprising but a disappointment.