I was sold on this movie with that single line in the trailer, “You hit like a vegetarian.” Not entirely sure what that means but it made me laugh. And it sounded like the kind of thing one tough guy would say to another tough guy.
The plot goes something like this: Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is a security expert who specializes in testing the security of high security prisons. One day he receives a challenging offer from a young woman (Caitriona Balfe): test the security of a super secret private prison facility which is scheduled to become active soon. If he can prove that it is escape-proof, the financial interests behind the new prison system stand to make a lot of money.
Breslin goes in–because who can resist the challenge right?–and quickly discovers that nothing is quite as he was told. Inside this high-tech facility he finds a formidable foe in Warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) and a questionable ally in Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger).
Escape Plan takes a little time to get going because the nature of this particular story is such that it requires the lead character to wait and watch. And the real movie doesn’t even begin until he is thrown into The Tomb. Once Mr. Schwarzenegger enters the mix though, things start to get interesting.
Final Analysis: This is exactly the type of movie you would expect. And director Mikael Håfström does not disappoint. I’m of the opinion that this movie could have stood to be about fifteen minutes shorter, and a little slicker than it ended up being. Other than that, no complaints.
My Advice: If you are in the mood for a vintage-seeming action flick Escape Plan won’t disappoint.