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411. Escape Plan

Published March 23, 2014

Background info

Title: Escape Plan Director: Mikael Håfström Year: 2013 Run time: 1hr 55m

“Breslin (Stallone), the world’s foremost authority on structural security, agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb”. But when he is wrongly imprisoned, he must recruit fellow inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.”

Live blog

1:28 - Are you allowed to have matches in prison? That seems unlikely. 6:11 - Not knowing the time wouldn’t sit well with me. 8:56 - Hard to take her seriously after being in the US Office. 14:50 - Eek, you’ve got to be so smart to figure out how to escape! 18:36 - I’m liking loyal Fiddy. 20:38 - “Because he’s ambitious and greedy.” Say what you really mean! 25:38 - Oh Sylv, what have you got yourself into? 29:17 - Loving the massive barcode reader! 31:53 - Yay! Governer Schwarzenegger! 35:20 - “You look like the kind of guy who finds things interesting.” 37:02 - “Sometimes favours hurt.” 37:17 - Terminator versus Rocky. Fight, fight, fight! 49:58 - It’s amazing how quickly the fights break out, like they’re all just waiting to start punching at any moment. 52:11 - My god the genius. 55:21 - That’s one of the best reveals for a while! 58:02 - He even remembered to get the bread. 1:09:34 - You have to be super observant and have a good memory. I fail on all counts. 1:16:03 - Weird how they would let him know they were on a boat when it was a big secret just now. 1:27:47 - “Say cheese!” 1:38:00 - Arnie does rage better than anyone.

Conclusions

I wanted to watch this mostly to see the two titans sharing screen time, as well as intrigued by the concept of breaking out of impossible prison situations. I anticipated it being pretty rubbish though, having been burned by The Expendables.

It was surprisingly good, very watchable, stacked full of twists and turns and culminating in a good, exciting ending. I thought it got off to a slow start, and I was a bit disappointed that Arnie and Sylv didn’t get to have more crackling dialogue together.

There was also a bit too much fighting for my tastes, I know if you get these two muscley guys together, that’s probably what people are hoping to see, but I thought it was overdone.

The warden was brilliant, cool and menacing, totally unhinged but always in control. He’d make an excellent Bond villain.

Overall, enjoyable, almost a four-star movie but just knocked down by the niggles here and there. Heaps better than anticipated, though.

Rating: 3/5

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