Escape Plan

Escape Plan

Director: Mikael Håfström

Cast: Mikael Håfström, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caviezel

     
 

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A structural security expert must escape from a prison that was built based on his own designs in order to track down the person who framed him in this gritty action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. B&C Security founder Ray Breslin (Stallone) wrote the book on structural security. His encyclopedic knowledge of the subject has transformed…  See more details below

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A structural security expert must escape from a prison that was built based on his own designs in order to track down the person who framed him in this gritty action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. B&C Security founder Ray Breslin (Stallone) wrote the book on structural security. His encyclopedic knowledge of the subject has transformed the prison industry, and he's been known to test his theories by allowing himself to be incarcerated just to examine his work from the inside. Along with his business partner Lester Clark (Vincent D'Onofrio), trusted associate Abigail Ross (Amy Ryan), and resourceful technology expert Hush (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), Breslin makes a good living escaping from the world's toughest prisons. When Breslin's team is approached by a CIA lawyer (Caitriona Balfe) with a proposal to test an off-the-grid penitentiary, the challenge (and the sizable paycheck) is impossible to resist. From the moment Breslin is picked up by a team of murderous private contractors, however, it's obvious something has gone horribly wrong. Later, when Breslin regains consciousness in The Tomb -- a highly fortified prison based on his own design -- it quickly becomes apparent he's been set up. Warden Hobbs (Jim Caviezel) runs The Tomb with ruthless efficiency, and his team of masked guards is quick to make an example of unruly inmates. At first it looks as if Breslin has finally been beaten at his own game, but then he meets Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) -- a convict who's equally tough, and equally determined to regain his freedom. If Breslin and Rottmayer can just survive long enough to formulate a plan, they've got a fighting chance. But should they fail, they will both perish in a hell that was constructed as a place where people go to disappear forever.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
It's tricky to talk about a movie like Escape Plan without sounding overly cynical or apathetic, but watching geriatric action icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up in Mikael Håfström's functional yet forgettable flick, it's also impossible not to feel like the movie is more a product of necessity than an inspired collaboration. So while the punches thrown in Escape Plan all land with an appropriate thud and the final explosion creates the requisite screen-filling fireball, there's a creeping sense of too-little-too-late that betrays the slavishly retro sensibilities on display. B&C Security founder Ray Breslin (Stallone) wrote the book on structural security. His encyclopedic knowledge of the subject has transformed the prison industry, and he's been known to allow himself to be incarcerated just to test his theories. Along with his business partner Lester Clark (Vincent D'Onofrio), trusted associate Abigail Ross (Amy Ryan), and resourceful technology expert Hush (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), Breslin makes a good living designing the world's toughest prisons. When his team are approached by a CIA lawyer (Caitriona Balfe) with a proposal to test an off-the-grid penitentiary, the challenge (and the sizable paycheck) is impossible to resist. From the moment Breslin is picked up by a team of murderous private contractors, however, it's obvious something has gone horribly wrong. Later, when Breslin regains consciousness in the Tomb -- a tightly fortified prison based on his own design -- it quickly becomes apparent he's been set up. Warden Hobbes (James Caviezel) runs the Tomb with ruthless efficiency, and his team of masked guards are quick to make an example of unruly inmates. At first it looks as if Breslin has finally been beaten at his own game, but then he meets Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), a convict who's equally tough and equally determined to regain his freedom. If Breslin and Rottmayer can just survive long enough to formulate a plan, they've got a fighting chance. But should they fail, they will both perish in a hell that was constructed as a place where people disappear forever. Both in concept and execution, Escape Plan feels like it could have been made at the height of its respective stars' careers. For that reason it's hard to fault Håfström and screenwriting duo Arnell Jesko and Miles Chapman for sticking to a certain formula, though by the same token that means that, aside from seeing Stallone and Schwarzenegger share the screen for a good portion of the film, there's precious little that's original or exciting about Escape Plan. Try as Jesko and Chapman might to make the Tomb seem inescapable, there's never any doubt that Breslin and Rottmayer will succeed in their mission. And while the black masks donned by the guards give the proceedings an eerie edge, in the end they're really little more than private-military thugs. Meanwhile, a convoluted subplot about a mysterious figure known as Victor Mannheim who has the power to destroy the global financial market does little to raise the stakes. That said, if you're buying a ticket to Escape Plan to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger trade quips (and perhaps a few blows), chances are you'll leave the theater with a smile on your face. Despite sporting a few more wrinkles, these two action icons still have the charisma that made them stars in the first place, and with the exception of Sam Neill (whose conflicted doctor feels slightly undeveloped), the supporting players all relish the chance to chew some scenery. So if, while watching Escape Plan, you start to feel like the film is merely a less outrageous riff on the high-tech prison escape featured in John Woo's Face/Off (1997), just squint your eyes, imagine those wrinkles have disappeared, and pretend it's 1990 -- perhaps the last year this team-up would have meant something more than a major payday for two of the biggest names in action cinema.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2014
UPC:
0025192224232
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
1A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
19,099

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Mikael Håfström and co-writer Miles Chapman; "Executing the plan: the making of escape plan" featurette; "Maximum security: the real-life tomb" featurette; "Clash of the titans" featurette; Deleted scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Breslin
Arnold Schwarzenegger Rottmayer
James Caviezel Hobbes
Vincent D'Onofrio Lester Clark
Vinnie Jones Drake
Curtis Jackson Hush
Amy Ryan Abigail
Sam Neill Dr. Kyrie
Faran Tahir Javed
Matt Gerald Roag
Caitriona Balfe Jessica Miller
David Joseph Martinez Captain Newal Beradah
Alec Rayme Pilot
Christian Stokes Babcock
Graham Beckell Brims
Rodney Feaster Front Gate Guard
David Leitch Second Lieutenant
Lydia Hull Receptionist
Eric Salas Screaming Prisoner
Brian Oerly Skinhead Prisoner
Jeff Chase Prisoner Beaten by Breslin
Matt Cook Voice
Michael Papajohn Prisoner Beaten by Breslin
Dieter Rauter Rottmayer Stand-in
Jaylen Moore Console Guard #1
Stephen Livaudais Console Guard #2

Technical Credits
Mikael Håfström Director
Jonathan M. Abrams Associate Producer
Kimberly Amacker Makeup
Brandt Andersen Executive Producer
Jeremy Bell Associate Producer
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Boies Executive Producer
Robbie Brenner Producer
Mark Canton Producer
Miles Chapman Original Story,Screenwriter
Remington Chase Producer
Barry Chusid Production Designer
Sarah Contant Set Decoration/Design
Kelly Dennis Co-producer
Randall Emmett Producer
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
George Furla Executive Producer
Brendan Galvin Cinematographer
Jim Gelarden Art Director
Elliot Greenberg Editor
Brandon Grimes Co-producer
Alex Heffes Score Composer
Arnell Jesko Screenwriter
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Kevin King-Templeton Producer
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
George Lee-McDonnell Set Decoration/Design
Stepan Martirosyan Co-producer
Anne McCarthy Casting
Jeff Rice Executive Producer
Kellie Roy Casting
Nick Satriano Asst. Director
Zack Schiller Executive Producer
Nicholas Stern Executive Producer
Mark Stewart Executive Producer
Derek Vanderhorst Sound/Sound Designer
Lizz Wolf Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Escape Plan
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [4:09]
3. Chapter 3 [6:39]
4. Chapter 4 [9:06]
5. Chapter 5 [4:59]
6. Chapter 6 [8:51]
7. Chapter 7 [7:05]
8. Chapter 8 [6:32]
9. Chapter 9 [7:44]
10. Chapter 10 [7:36]
11. Chapter 11 [4:25]
12. Chapter 12 [:00]
13. Chapter 13 [2:13]
14. Chapter 14 [6:53]
15. Chapter 15 [6:05]
16. Chapter 16 [6:27]
17. Chapter 17 [6:31]
18. Chapter 18 [6:45]

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