Saturday, 26 October 2013

Film Review - Escape Plan

Jail Break

Film: Escape Plan
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarznegger, Jim Cavieziel
Directed by: Mikael Hafstrom
Duration:1hr 54 mins
Rating: * * *

The prospect of seeing two action heroes of the stature of Stallone and Arnie would have been extremely exciting a couple of decades ago, than it is now. But even though they don't hold the same command at the box office and among their fans,  they still generate enough buzz for old times sake.

In Escape Plan directed by Mikael Hafstrom, Stallone gets the major share of the spoils with Arnold playing second fiddle. The former plays a prison break specialist who hired to test the security of prisons. His modus operandi is to get into a prison as a convict and then try to break out.

He accedes to one such assignment from the CIA but it turns out to be a set up,  a maximum security prison in the middle of nowhere. That's where he meets Emil (Schwarznegger) an inmate who becomes his partner in his attempt to escape.

The premises is interesting but it never really hits a high. Their attempts and planning look a bit far fetched and needed some polishing. The finale has a twist but again is not the most convincing one. Relatively,  Expendables was far more fun because it was not so serious.

This is just a time pass film meant for action buffs.

(Published in The Navhind Times on 20th Oct. 2013)

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