Action movies in the '80s and '90s were dominated by just two men - Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Rocky, the Terminator, Rambo and True Lies all left fans dreaming of what would happen of these iconic gladiators ever made a film together. Sure they've made plenty of references to each other on-screen, opened a chain of Planet Hollywood restaurants and even teamed up briefly in The Expendables movies. But our thirst for a feature-length collaboration hasn't been quenched, until now...
In Escape Plan (directed by Mikael Håfström), Stallone plays structural engineer Ray Breslin. An expert in finding security flaws, his job is to break out of the toughest prisons in the United States. That is until he's forcibly abducted and taken to a top-secret, maximum security facility. Employing the latest surveillance technology, see-through cells and a small army of masked guards with electrified nightsticks, the odds seem impossibly stacked against him.
When Breslin encounters the like-minded and muscled Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), the pair hatch a cunning plan to (SPOILER ALERT) escape.
Jim Caviezel is well-cast as dastardly prison overlord Willard Hobbes, Sam Neill is conflicted as the prison doctor, Curtis "Fiddy Cent" Jackson plays an associate of Breslin and Vinnie Jones plays a typically one-dimensional prison guard.
Highlights include an intense trip to solitary confinement, a fan-service brawl, and Arnie going full-on Commando in a scene that will leave a massive smile on your face. Incredibly, Stallone and Schwarzenegger show no signs of slowing with age and are still very much at the top of their game.
With a legendary team-up thirty years in the making, classic one-liners and gloriously over-the-top action thrills, you definitely won't need to formulate your own escape plan!
Special features include an audio commentary with director Mikael Håfström and co-writer Miles Chapman, a variety of making-of featurettes and deleted scenes.
Review by: Sarah O'Connell
Review Date: 17th March 2014
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