Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin
Arnold Schwartzenegger as Emil Rottmayer
Jim Caviezel as Warden Hobbs
Amy Ryan as Abigail Ross
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as Hush
Vinnie Jones as Drake
Vincent D’Onofrio as Lester Clark
Sam Neil as Dr. Kyrie
IN THEATERS OCTOBER 18
Ray Breslin is the co-owner of a private security company whose job it is to test the security of prisons to determine just how secure they are; to see if they are escape proof. He does this by posing as an inmate assigned to the prison. He then carefully plans and executes his escapes and then lets the wardens know just where the vulnerabilities lie. One day a CIA agent offers Ray and his team a great deal of money, several million dollars—more than Ray’s usual fee—to test a top secret, classified prison nicknamed The Tomb. This prison is an unofficial black site for high value targets. No one who enters this prison is ever heard from again. Once they enter, they essentially do not exist. Against the misgivings of his team, point person Abigail (Ryan) and tech geek (50 Cent), Ray accepts the assignment. It’s set up for Ray to be abducted and taken to the prison. Ray is drugged and blindfolded for transport. When he wakes he finds himself in a glass walled cell in a huge complex of cells. He then goes about his routine of gauging the structure’s possible weaknesses. While doing so he attracts the attention of another inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwartzenegger). Emil notices how Ray seems to take note of his surroundings and asks some questions. Ray keeps a standoffish air, but Emil lets Ray know if Ray needs a favor, just ask. Ray is going to need that favor because this prison is going to be a tough nut to crack. Hobbs (Caviezel), the warden reveals to Ray that he was purposely sent to The Tomb. Someone has paid a high price to make sure that he never escapes.
He has no help from the outside. His team can’t find him and Ray does not know exactly where he is so Ray accepts the help of the mysterious prisoner Emil to bust out.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Swartzenegger are no strangers to action films, they’ve been at it for a long time. Escape Plan has them both in fine form. Even though some of the work is obviously done by stunt men, Sly and Arnold throw their fair share of punches. The fight coordinator definitely earns his pay on this one. The story is totally engrossing as you watch Sly plot his escape. His character Roy is a combination of Macgyver and Houdini. Intelligence and instinct are his tools and he uses them well. Arnold’s Emil is careful, cautious, and good-natured, but if you get the feeling that there is more going on with him than meets the eye, you’re right. There comes a moment in the film where you flashback to the bad ass Terminator and you can’t help the feeling of “fuck yeah!”
This film has a few great plot twists that you won’t see coming. Fine performances from the cast. Star Vincent D’nofrio (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) is Sly’s partner in the firm, a slightly unsettling fellow. One surprise is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. When you think prison movie, you think he’s an inmate right? Wrong! He is actually the computer-tech geek of the team, but with attitude. Sam Neil (Jurassic Park, The Tudors) is the prison doctor who has misgivings about the ethics of his employer. Jim Caviezel is warden Willard Hobbs who rules the Tomb with an iron fist. He is deliciously creepy and sadistic as is his right hand man, head guard Drake, played by longtime British tough guy Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Gone In 60 Seconds).
Escape Plan is a great time at the movies. Not a must get out and see it now, but if you have the time and the bucks, sure, why not? Oh and of course no Arnold Schwartzenegger movie would be complete without those excellent one-liners.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
Check out the trailer for “ESCAPE PLAN” below: