Rated: R for violence and language throughout. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 18, 2013 Released by: Summit Entertainment
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have credits for a series of action hits from the past. In Escape Plan they team up to test the security of an escape proof prison that has an unusual location.
Part of the success of this action film is the reemergence of the two older actors back on the screen as tough guys who can take a beating and give one right back. Jim Caviezel is about as far away from his Jesus role as possible, carrying out the part of the hard nose vicious warden in the secure prison. There are of course twists and turns to the script and a great deal of fighting among the tough prisoners at the facility.
Stallone is Breslin a man who designs prison after breaking out of nearly all the existing facilities to determine the weakness in their security plans. His very lucrative job ($5 million) a shot is tempting especially when his price is double o take on a new location which is now considered to be break proof.
Suddenly he is kidnapped and shoved into a newly designed transparent cell surrounded by very tough criminals that are being held in a private location which is kept completely hidden from the public and the government. It's a contract prison for folks that are never to appear again.
The many adverse relationships in the prison fall a little too easily to be accepted and the plot to get out of a confinement that one can not get out of has gaps which limit the smartness of the plot, but for action these old warriors bring both excitement and comedy to the dangerous evil filled place they are kept in. They must find a way to defeat the sadistic Hobbes (Caviezel) and his storm troopers who keep the location under their thumbs.
If we don't look too hard for logic, Escape Plan gives us an escape for an evening.