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Escape Plan

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is a structural engineer who is wrongly convicted of a crime. After his false conviction, he was sent to serve his sentence in a maximum security prison of his own design. During his time in prison, Breslin has analyzed every high security prison and gained significant survival skills, but faces his biggest challenge in trying to break out of an ultimate high-tech prison that he himself designed to be escape-proof. Not only that, Breslin also has the challenge of battling the ruthless warden Hobbs (Jim Caviezel) and his corrupt guard (Vinnie Jones). Breslin is assisted in his escape attempt by fellow prisoner Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a wise, soulful and complex inmate who fights with other prisoners to keep their humanity, whilst they are struggling to stay alive.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 24 Oct 2013
Genre: Action / Thriller / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 56 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Format: 2D

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Writer: Ezwan Mehzas

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Watch this if you liked: "The Last Stand", "The Expendables 2"

"Escape Plan" tells the story of Roy Breslin (played by Sylvester Stallone) who makes a career out of escaping prisons and finding faults in the security as part of a security consultant company. An ambitious man, he is soon offered a job that does not conform to his own safety guidelines and he takes it. However, he then realizes that he has been fed false information when he meet a warden who is different from the information he has been given. Now he has to find a way to escape from the extremely secure prison.

The film feels very much like a typical Hollywood film. It is so typical that it is really not something expected in this day and age as many now know that it is not possible to unlock a door with a gunshot without getting hit by the ricocheting bullet, and blowing up barrels of fuel with a hand gun is not very feasible. But still, the typical nonsense it has that most Hollywood films have does not dull the experience in the least.

The key feature of the film is the paring of two Hollywood legends, one who had a "Rocky" start and the other became known as the "Governator". It was indeed a great chemistry that held most of the film up. While Stallone gave his usual quality of performance, Arnold definitely stole the show! Fans of "The Last Stand" will love this film as Arnold brings humour into the mix once again. Faran Tahir, who plays a minor character, did not slack off either. Perhaps the funniest scene in the film, which involves a finger flick, succeeded because of him.

The character Roy Breslin, however, seems too resourceful to be realistic. Breaking from prison is one thing but being able to make a sextant, a navigational tool, is something beyond anyone's expectations.

The plot seems straightforward and simple. It is predictable and most of the time, we know what to expect. However, some or most of use might have been blindsided by this as there is actually a twist at the end. The film has few boring moments, which could be attributed to the plot's pacing.

Nothing special to note about cinematography and special effects as it is up to Hollywood standards anyway.

Overall, the show was very entertaining and is something that Arnold fans will appreciate. It may not be one of those must-watch films, but at the same time, it is one of those fun films to watch just for entertainment.

Cinema Online, 16 October 2013
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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