Movie Review: Escape Plan

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Escape Plan

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Sam Neill, Jim Caveizel

Directed by: Mikael Hafstrom

Run time: 116 Minutes

Review by: Faisal Saif

Ratings:  *

If Sylvester Stallone-Arnold Schwarzenegger combination The Expendables 2 was Rowdy Rathore, Trust me Escape Plan is RaOne and Trimurti of Hollywood. My first question is why this film is directed by Mikael Hafstrom. Mikael Hafstrom is a director who made some commendable Horror/Thrillers such as The Rite (Anthony Hopkins), Shanghai (John Cusack), Derailed and one of my favorite 1408 (John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson). 1408 still scares the hell out of me.

Take a close look at the film Escape Plan’s trailer and i promise you will know the entire plot of the movie. But a craziest fan of Arnie and Stallone (Like myself, Of course) you would like to watch the two biggest super action (Aging) stars on the screen.

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), an expert of breaking out of federal maximum security prisons who is hoodwinked into testing a new privately run facility for people who should not be allowed out in the real world. In the allegedly escape-proof prison (Which was designed with references from Ray’s book), known as The Tomb, he meets Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger – Appears exactly after 35 minutes of the Film). And together they plot their eventual liberation.

Just when you start to feel Escape Plan can become Stallone’s 90’s Lock Up and Arnie’s Terminator 2 (Both fantastic films of the stars respectively), The movie starts becoming easy and ill-logical. The Prison Doctor (Sam Neill) who get’s so easily convinced by Ray (In hardly few seconds), And arranges the Helicopter along with Guns etc for their escape. Ray’s partner’s involvement with Warden Hobbs (Jim Caveizel). And of course the hopeless climax which will definitely make you think what went wrong with Arnie-Stallone’s head while coming on board for this movie.

Oh? Did i miss the “Muslim” inmate who helps both Arnold and Stallone in their Escape? Gosh! That was so Bollywoodish!

Speaking of performances, Stallone is good but handicapped by a bad script. Arnold appears just how Jackie Shroff used to appear in films that were made after 2000. Stallone uses Arnold as a “Chai-Wala’ in the whole film and Arnold looked very comfortable doing this part (I am still surprised). Sam Neill is another example of any Kiran Kumar’s character from any Bollywood Film. Jim Caveizel is a wonderful talent wasted in this Multi Million dollar “Proposal”. Now, Why do i call this one as a “Proposal”? Because, I heard somewhere that Hollywood and Bollywood make such kinds of film to lure the Audiences and fails miserably.

Mikael Hafstrom, As i pointed out earlier is good at his Horror/Thriller works. He is not capable in making or executing an action flick which he proves with Escape Plan. The Production Value, Camera Work is good but doesn’t help a Bad Script. The Screenplay and Editing is jerky and boring. If you (Still Dare To) see the film, There are lots of unanswered questions.

Escape Plan does not even works for it’s Action, Because it does not have it. I will also not recommend you to rent the film on DVD or Blu Ray because such films are best on the Free Television Premiere which i guess will happen soon. I feel sorry for “Heroes” such as Arnold Schwarzenegger (Especially) and Sylvester Stallone!

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