Plot summary (from the studio): One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongfully imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- The movie was fun and entertaining, which is really all I was expecting from it. Arnie in particular had some funny lines, and clearly didn’t take himself (or the film) too seriously.
- The first shot of the cell structure of The Tomb was very cool! I had never seen anything like that before, nor was I expecting something so elaborate, so the effect was amazing.
- Thank god the love story (Ray and the blond partner) was relegated to the very background and got as little screen time as possible.
- There were plenty of plotholes in this one, beginning with the fact that none of the prisoners knew they were on a ship. Give me a break. You can “stabilize” the damn thing all you want, but you won’t get calm waters 365 days a year, so something’s bound to happen to tip off the prisoners.
- Speaking of the prisoners, why did 99% of them look and act like the typical thugs you’d come across in any old federal pen? Weren’t these supposed to be high-level targets with sensitive intel regarding nefarious plots? Sure, some of them would be the ex-military types, but wouldn’t you also have bespectacled braniacs as well? Where were those guys?
- Since The Tomb was completely off the grid, why did Hobbs even feel the need to let the prisoners interact with each other? That was the only time anything bad ever happened, right? All the fights, rioting, and plotting, I mean. Without the ACLU or a similar organization breathing down their neck to provide humane treatment, why not just keep all those prisoners segregated to avoid the problems?
- I had to LOL (and not in a good way) when Ray managed to guess their rough location just by the latitude coordinates. Who the fuck has the coordinates of major cities memorized like that???
- Breslin’s team was pretty damn useless considering they were supposed to be experts.
As I said above, Escape Plan is entertaining if approached with the right mindset. It’s Stallone and Schwarzenegger, not Streep and Mirren, so just sit back with a big tub of popcorn and enjoy the ride. I give this one 3 stars out of 5.