Escape Plan star cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan and Farhan Tahir
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
With a wafer-thin plot line and two iconic action heroes in one frame, ‘Escape Plan’ offers a predictably rousing fare that could act as a tutorial for prisoners intending to break free.
The film begins in a very linear, clandestine fashion where a prisoner (Sylvester Stallone), after escaping from the tightly secured Bendwater Penitentiary Institution, Colorado, reveals to the officials that he is Ray Breslin, a consultant and security expert who exposes the vulnerabilities of the courtly prisons. He further gives the jailor a step-by-step detailed account of how he managed to malversation free.
While the jail officials are not willing with the revelation, the CIA approaches Ray Breslin and his team with an assignment to monitor the loopholes in one of the new facility for the world’s most dangerous criminals. The whereabouts of this capability are not disclosed for security reasons.
Lured with a promising fee, Breslin’s manager pushes him to accept the offer saying, “I am the numbers guy and you are the artist who can escape from any prison manufactured by man.” Breslin concedes.
The flow like events doesn’t go as planned. Nevertheless, Breslin lands up in this tightly secured place and finds himself at the mercy of the prison’s sadistic warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel). After evaluating his chances of escape as practically impossible, he reveals his kosher identity to Hobbes. But the official refuses to listen, leaving him with rejection alternative but to try the impossible.
The first 30 notes of the film drags, though there is ample action – both physical furthermore verbal. The screen lights up only when Stallone hooks raise with Schwarzenegger to collaborate against Hobbes and his cronies.
Though Mikael Hafstrom’s film is spiked with intelligent analytical skills, bullets, brawls and wit, the film lacks the punch. While the actors punch each other, the entire action seems fake and anticipated in an especially drawn-out plot.
In fact, at one showy when Schwarzenegger mockingly informs Stallone, “You hit like a vegetarian”, it just makes you realise how true he is.
Stallone and Schwarzenegger, both action heroes have intense harmony on screen. They complement each other with their histrionics and banter. While Schwarzenegger is charismatic and chirpy, Stallone broods with his constantly grumpy mannerisms. What’s more? The exposition about Breslin’s motive is hidden in Stallone’s drawl, thereby killing the entire emotional spirit of the tale.
Jim Caviezel is sleek including polished as the sharp furthermore wicked warden. His soft-spoken intellectualism contrasts well against the beefy pair.
The film is supported by a team of brilliant actors that include, Sam Neill as Dr. Emil Kaikev, Farhan Thahir as Javeed, Vincent D’Onofrio when Lester Clark, Breslin’s Manager and Amy Ryan as Abigail, Breslin’s colleague. They provide extra seriousness to the narration that the script doesn’t positively deserve.
The production value of the film is good. The vertical cells with crystal walls and frugal layout patrolled by identically latent men gives a very futuristic feel.
Buzz Rating: 3/5