Escape Plan

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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 268 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 268

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  1. Oct 19, 2013
    6
    Not a bad movie, enjoyable and some cute interactions between Sly and Arnie. Both guys still in great shape despite the age showing on their faces. If you love Sly and Arnie, go see it! Not the greatest plot (a bit predictable and silly in places with stereotypical "bad guys"), but still good fun!
  2. Oct 23, 2013
    5
    Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger alone could advertise this movie, and it's admittedly good to have them both on-screen, but Escape Plan tries to ravel in more cerebral plot which doesn't really work well nor does it have much depth in narrative. Script is sloppy, pacing is a bit clumsy and they soon revert back to the way of machine gun, which arguably might be the inheritedSylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger alone could advertise this movie, and it's admittedly good to have them both on-screen, but Escape Plan tries to ravel in more cerebral plot which doesn't really work well nor does it have much depth in narrative. Script is sloppy, pacing is a bit clumsy and they soon revert back to the way of machine gun, which arguably might be the inherited charm they bring with them. This is a shame because these two of such fame deserve better material than the movie could provide.

    To its credit, it starts off pretty well as Ray Breslin (Stallone) is introduced as prison break specialist. He would voluntarily enter a prison to test its design and escape by taking advantage of its flaws. With his illustrious career, he is hired to test a highly secretive shadily illegal prison. Everything isn't what it seems in this semi futuristic prison where he meets Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) a fellow inmate who claims to know secret location of most wanted man. Cue in some conspiracy later; it transpires into menial action thriller.

    The events switch into slower pace later on, an ironic turn while the movie tries to churn clever ways to escape. It doesn't appeal much and frankly is inferior to many other similar movies with such premise. The tricks are dull, almost borderline implausible. The movie undoubtedly relies heavily on audience’s willingness to accept the nifty gimmicks and reception towards the duo combo. Plot twists are expectable, with barely any fresh idea in the mix. The pace is also rather uneven, it stutters when it should gain momentum and eventually just fades gradually more anticlimactic as it goes.

    Script is downright terrible, as if the two action stars are still using dialogues from two decades ago. This may be due to familiarity to said style, but they would merit from smarter writing. Hammy one-liners are uttered every few minutes to weakly sell the bravado. Screenplay feels sporadic; sometimes it seems to cut too fast or just doesn't explain much. At the very least, it does provide some chuckles, although they may be somewhat intentional yet serendipitously are the more memorable moments of the movie. Stallone and Schwarzenegger still possess big screen charisma to attract audience; they do need more witty scenes and less exaggerated machismo though.

    Escape Plan benefits from the stars duo and barely legitimate prison break premise, but its lack of thrill and slapstick script don't make for a compelling watch.
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  3. Feb 26, 2014
    6
    A surprisingly good action film with a great 90's throwback feel. Arnold and Stallone give two of there better performances in a long time. Overall a good solid fun film. B
  4. Apr 2, 2014
    6
    One's an action star who's still got plenty of action left in him, the other is Schwarzenegger. That pretty much sums up this action title. There's some decent action scenes and the ones involving Arine you can clearly see his double taking the hits. Stallone is the only one who saves this movie from becoming unwatchable, he's still has what it takes to keep you in your seat. As for Arnie,One's an action star who's still got plenty of action left in him, the other is Schwarzenegger. That pretty much sums up this action title. There's some decent action scenes and the ones involving Arine you can clearly see his double taking the hits. Stallone is the only one who saves this movie from becoming unwatchable, he's still has what it takes to keep you in your seat. As for Arnie, hit the gym running California has made him soft and doughy. Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2014
    6
    “Escape Plan” starts out interesting but ends kinda generically. However, that didn’t really hurt my overall enjoyment of the film. While it’s not stellar, the movie is mildly entertaining. Jim Caviezel is a great evil warden (when you can hear him…he whispers too much) and it’s clear that Arnold and Sly really enjoyed working together (Arnold looks like he’s having A LOT of fun playing“Escape Plan” starts out interesting but ends kinda generically. However, that didn’t really hurt my overall enjoyment of the film. While it’s not stellar, the movie is mildly entertaining. Jim Caviezel is a great evil warden (when you can hear him…he whispers too much) and it’s clear that Arnold and Sly really enjoyed working together (Arnold looks like he’s having A LOT of fun playing his character). The only issue I had was the film scrambles to resolve some plot threads at the end and the movie becomes a generic action film during the escape. Still, it has its moments and wasn’t an entire waste for me. Expand
  6. May 9, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. it was great to see arnie and sly together for more than 2 lines and quick chat like in expendables 1 and 2 how ever this film just isn't what i imagined them doing but it does work arnie does the one liners as always stalone plan and plots there escape and there is a fair bit of mystery but all in all its just simple and the title says it all not terrible and not great arnie and sly have ive course been way Better if only they teamed up when they were younger Expand
  7. Dec 28, 2013
    6
    Although the film's plot is full of holes (to say the least) and is just, well, a bit dumb, it is never less than an absolute pleasure to watch Stallone and Schwarzenegger's scenes together. Escape Plan is simply a fun action-thriller offering a few especially memorable set pieces.
  8. Jun 3, 2014
    5
    The Escape Plan feels like it has escaped a 1990's cutting room floor. The plot is weak, as are the characters (and acting in places) and has a budget feel to the main location.

    However the film is entertaining enough for a watch if you love your 90's good cop, bad cop films. There is an element of tongue in cheek, but not quite enough to convince you that they wanted this to be a fun
    The Escape Plan feels like it has escaped a 1990's cutting room floor. The plot is weak, as are the characters (and acting in places) and has a budget feel to the main location.

    However the film is entertaining enough for a watch if you love your 90's good cop, bad cop films. There is an element of tongue in cheek, but not quite enough to convince you that they wanted this to be a fun film rather than a serious attempt at a film.
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  9. Oct 30, 2013
    5
    Escape Plan has very interesting setting, good start and after 20 minutes it gets progressively downhill. Original story with a lot of potential, were poorly executed!
  10. Nov 14, 2013
    5
    Simplistic story loads of one-liners generic bad guys rampant torture, prison bad morality tale of course it a Stallone film. It's fun to watch to ageing action heroes age before your eyes.
  11. Dec 5, 2013
    5
    Sly and Arnold are great together. I wish they would have done more movies together throughout there careers and you get the feeling they do too. It's funny and it's got some pretty great action. 50 Cent in the small dose of a role as a computer hacker is ridiculous...
  12. Feb 9, 2014
    6
    Maybe this movie isn't so intelligent, but It was fun to watch two great personalities in one, not so bad movie. In my opinion this is kind of good filmmaking and I'd like to watch Stallone and Schwarzenegger again, maybe even soon. I have to write about this movie, that's mediocre performance of acting but 115 min going by fast.
  13. Nov 13, 2014
    6
    "Escape Plan" 10 Scale Rating: 6.0 (Decent) ...

    The Good: It's not deep, but it's a fun film. The action sequences and parts of the plan itself were actually well done and interesting. The ending was worthwhile and wasn't as predictable as I expected it to be. For the most part, succeeds in what it sets out to do. The Bad: It's still a heartless film full of cheap thrills. While it
    "Escape Plan" 10 Scale Rating: 6.0 (Decent) ...

    The Good: It's not deep, but it's a fun film. The action sequences and parts of the plan itself were actually well done and interesting. The ending was worthwhile and wasn't as predictable as I expected it to be. For the most part, succeeds in what it sets out to do.

    The Bad: It's still a heartless film full of cheap thrills. While it ends up decent, there are enough groan-worthy moments to prevent it from actually being a good film.
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  14. Sep 11, 2015
    4
    i missed the beginning....can't imagine its anything though.....i feel like the warden was a well cast guy simply because of his past role as Edmond Dontez....this movie is the best prison break movie that there will ever be i hope....that being said all that happens is you imagine yourself jumping into the ocean and trying to swim to freedom......the reason shawshank redemption is worsei missed the beginning....can't imagine its anything though.....i feel like the warden was a well cast guy simply because of his past role as Edmond Dontez....this movie is the best prison break movie that there will ever be i hope....that being said all that happens is you imagine yourself jumping into the ocean and trying to swim to freedom......the reason shawshank redemption is worse is hard to say Expand
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 29, 2013
    70
    With its fun script and cheap visuals, Escape Plan evokes the halfwit cheesiness of 1980s-era Cannon films, but it also recalls the deft pacing and legibility of their action sequences.
  2. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Oct 23, 2013
    30
    The film is eventful and full of suspense, but also obvious and completely contrived.
  3. 63
    A display of old-school muscle-buddy connivance that’s as flatly preposterous as it is shamelessly entertaining.