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What was only a dream for many action fans in the 1980s, has already come true in the "Expendables" films: the two genre icons Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone side by side in one film. After the little appetizers, "Escape Plan" finally brings the action heroes together in feature-length movies. Under the direction of Mikael Håfström ("Room 1408"), the former rivals have to get together to solve an almost impossible task - escaping from a state-of-the-art high-tech prison.
Ray Breslin (Stallone) is a highly decorated security expert who allows himself to be locked up undercover in prisons time and again to put their security to the acid test. And so far he has managed to find the weak point in the system and escape in every prison. But one day he is faced with a very special challenge. From the CIA he receives the order to be locked up in the new, strictly secret high-tech prison, called "The Grave". The catch: his otherwise well-informed team is not allowed to know the location of the prison and he has to try to escape on his own. Against all reason Ray agrees to the offer - with fatal consequences. Because the job proves to be a trap and Ray suddenly finds himself at the mercy of the sadistic prison director (Jim Caviezel) and his brutal henchmen (among others Vinnie Jones). Since contact with the outside world is completely impossible, Ray must search inside the prison for allies to escape this hell. The opaque Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) seems to be the only one who is considered. But even with united forces there is obviously no way for the men to escape this "grave"…
"Escape Plan" is in the best sense of the word a nostalgic value. The staging in itself seems anything but dusty. But the dramaturgical structure and the action scenes could also come from 80s and 90s action crackers like "Fortress - Die Festung" with Christopher Lambert or "Lock Up" with Sylvester Stallone. It may be that in times when action cinema is more about "Fast & Furious" speed, this seems a bit dusty. But for the interaction of the two action icons Stallone and Schwarzenegger the makers couldn't have chosen a better movie. They both fit perfectly into their roles, into the story and into the whole atmosphere of the prison thriller. And when they also have to fight a solid duel, small weaknesses like logic holes or involuntarily funny scenes are quickly forgotten anyway.
Mikael Håfström has staged a very entertaining action thriller, which is completely tailored to its main actors. No great depth of character is required, no excessively complicated history or an extremely expressive minefield. Rather, the stars should let their muscles play, show a little self-irony in view of their advanced age and underlay the neatly staged action sequences with striking sayings. And at this level, Escape Plan is fully convincing. Moreover, Jim Caviezel was found to be a good opponent, who only runs the risk towards the end to turn his character into a caricature of a typical movie villain.
Was some effects somewhat trashy and some scenes somewhat unintentionally silly. But all in all "Escape Plan" offers really good entertainment for all friends of the more traditional action movies. If you've dreamed before that Stallone and Schwarzenegger should really be beating each other up, you shouldn't miss this work. But even those who simply appreciate the simple knitted action food of the old school won't be able to avoid this movie. Worth seeing
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