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Escape Plan

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
Escape Plan
Escape Plan

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

The Austrian Oak and the Italian Stallion. Two mighty mountains of musclebound man-meat with mouths full of marbles, meeting for one final job... Oh, but it should have been better than this. The first feature-length buddy-up between Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger could have been a cause for global celebration, a last hurrah for two ageing icons sliding gracelessly into their late sixties. Instead, it’s a predictable, shoddy-looking beat-’em-up.

Sly plays Ray Breslin, a consultant hired to break out of US prisons to test their security systems. But when a job turns sour, Ray is forced to turn to grizzled fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer – guess who? – for assistance. Precisely why director Mikael Håfström was picked for this gig remains a mystery: his CV is packed with stodgy horror flicks, and he has trouble marshalling a convincing action sequence. ‘Escape Plan’ would have made a perfect vehicle for, say, a Chuck Norris or even a Jean-Claude Van Damme. But these two redoubtable, enormously watchable old-school heroes deserve better.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 18 October 2013
  • Duration:115 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mikael Håfström
  • Screenwriter:Miles Chapman, Jason Keller
  • Cast:
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Sylvester Stallone
    • Jim Caviezel
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