2013, Summit Entertainment
Despite having previously worked together in the first two Expendables movies (the first of which featured little more than a cameo for Arnold), this is the first movie to truly co-star Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Earlier this year, I enjoyed Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand but was disappointed by Stallone’s Bullet to the Head but I had a good feeling about Escape Plan. I thought the trailer gave it a feel that it was a bit more big-budget and epic in scope than either The Last Stand or Bullet to the Head.
There’s obvious chemistry and camaraderie between these two old-school action heroes. That’s part of the fun. I could sit and watch these two trade one-liners all day. Though this movie is an old-school action movie, it doesn’t dwell on the age factor likes the Expendables franchise does. The characters here are not presented as washed-up relics from a different era. Stallone plays Ray Breslin, co-owner of a security firm and he breaks out of prisons for a living to pinpoint weak spots in the facilities while Schwarzenegger plays a highly-intelligent inmate by the name of Emil Rottmayer. Both men play perfectly capable and very intelligent characters. It just so happens they pack more muscle behind their punches than most men do their age.
The cast is rounded out by Jim Caviezel (doing an excellent job as the prison’s evil warden), Vinnie Jones (doing his usual great job as an evil henchman), Sam Neill, 50 Cent and Vincent D’Onofrio.
This is a very fun movie. Better and smarter than I ever thought it could be. Action junkies should find plenty to like here.