Escape Plan’ is a ‘breakout’ hit

Fans of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be particularly pleased with their latest film, the first time the two iconic action stars have headlined a film together.

Despite the recent string of their unsuccessful solo movies such as Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” and Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head,” the combination in this most recent film works.

The plot revolves around Ray Breslin (Stallone), hired to test maximum-security prisons by breaking out of them. While on his most recent and most difficult job, he meets Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), who is just as keen on escaping. Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill and 50 Cent make up an exceptional supporting cast, something which can often fall short in some pure action films.

Maybe the reason both A-list stars are still doing action movies is simply that they are physically able to–Stallone (67) and Schwarzenegger (66) can still pack a punch. Whatever the reason, “Escape Plan” upholds the standards of the action movie genre.

Made a cost of $70 million, the film will satisfy all your expectations, but this would have been a much better idea a decade ago. On the other hand, if you want a trip to the cinema to be chock full of jail brawls, cunning escapes, raw hand-to-hand combat and cynical yet witty one-liners, you came to the right place.

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Author: Staff Writer

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