ESCAPE PLAN (2013) – Review

No one breaks out alone


Mikael Hafstrom‘s ESCAPE PLAN (2013) stars 1980s action film legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together again to smash some heads and kill a lot of people. This aging duo is out to prove that they still got it. Though predictable with a few surprising plot twists, “Escape” provides an overall entertaining viewing experience and better than expected.

Ray Breslin (Stallone) is a prison Houdini and can escape of any prison facility on the planet. As the owner of his own security firm “Breslin-Clark,” his job is to infiltrate a prison and test the security routines of the guards and the infrastructure of each institution and escape. Breslin and his business partner, Lester Clark (Vincent D’Onofrio), receive an offer from the CIA for him to test out a brand new secret prison. Lured in by the high amount of cash, he takes the offer, but soon discovers there’s something more to his intended incarceration.  To escape, Breslin must team up with Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger).

Straight away do not expect to see premiere acting performances from Stallone and  Schwarzenegger. To include expect more than one cheesy one-liners both in English and German (Arnie decides to show off his linguistic skills). Javed (Faran Tahir), a Muslim inmate, serve as the movie punchline scapegoat for the rest of the cast. The best actor in the film easily is Jim Caviezel as the sophisticated but sinister Warden Hobbs.

The CGI effects shown are of high quality and the prison sets are quite realistic. Ascetically, the movie contrasts between the clean environment of the offices of Hobbs and the cold gray interior of an incarcerated facility. As far as the story goes, it has its kinks and does not flow well, but the film mostly counts on the success of the two main actors and action. In addition, props to the movie science/technical details related to prison break mechanics.

All told decent action, and we get to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger break a sweat.


ESCAPE PLAN (2013) comes with an Ultraviolet code for streaming.

 ESCAPE PLAN (2013) DVD special features include:

•  Audio Commentary with director Mikael Hafstrom and co-writer Miles Chapman
• “Executing the Plan: The Making of Escape Plan” Featurette

Executing the Plan explores the difficulties in getting the movie off the ground, alterations made to the script, and cast. Stallone and Schwarzenegger share their admiration for director Hafstrom’s style. The set for the prison is very unique, as it was filmed in a NASA facility outside of New Orleans.

Art and supplementary materials courtesy ©2013 of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. All rights reserved.

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good

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Review Summary:

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape.

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