Schwarzenegger & Stallone are expendable in lightweight prison actioner Escape Plan

Escape Plan
2 Stars (2 / 5)

 

Prison Break meets The Expendables.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger work together as a mumbling, droopy-eyed escape artist-cum-protagonist and a hulking, silver-haired Austrian crook – not much of a change apart from the professions.

The high-tech panopticon in which they find themselves imprisoned is an impressive technical feat; though the eponymous escape plan is a fairly nuts-and-bolts affair. Occasionally conveniently placed monitors prevent otherwise observant guards from keeping an eye on more than one character simultaneously.

Vinnie Jones appears as a generically sadistic prison guard; Jim Caviezel fares better as primary antagonist Warden Hobbs; indelibly chewing scenery with his incuriously menacing delivery. It’s a treat just watching him pick lint off his suit. 50 Cent is weak as a genius computer hacker – the line “Sleepy-time, motherf***ker” becomes unintentionally hilarious in his hands – and Vincent D’Onofrio is wasted as Stallone’s slimy employer. Sam Neill too deserves better as the prison’s conscience-troubled physician.

Lightly amusing and solidly put together by director Mikael Hafström. Not exactly a breakout hit.

Author: robertmwallis

Graduate of Royal Holloway and the London Film School. Founder of Of All The Film Sites; formerly Of All The Film Blogs (www.ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.co.uk). Formerly Film & TV Editor of The Metropolist (www.themetropolist.com) and Official Sidekick at A Place to Hang Your Cape (www.ap2hyc.com). Co-host of the Electric Shadows podcast (http://bit.ly/29Pd7RS) and member of the Online Film Critics Society (http://www.ofcs.org).

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