|DreamWorks Distribution | Release Date: October 19, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The kind of movie you can enjoy easily enough, as long as you don't think about it much.
An outrageously unlikely prison action movie made with lots of eye-catching pizzazz and undeserved expertise.
It's good enough, smart enough, and people will like it. It's also a high-concept cop-out, a convention-strangled genre movie that never zigs when your every instinct is screaming that it's about to zag.
This is an odd and ultimately dispiriting film, despite some intriguing ideas about brute force vs. moral authority, the elaborately staged uprising -- and impressive actors in the cast. That is to say, they've been impressive elsewhere.
(Lurie's) a shameless, if skilled, manipulator of easy emotions. (29 Oct 2001, p. 93)
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