Flash Movie Review: Escape Plan

I hope when the time comes I will be honest with myself and realize I need to step back. Having been a group fitness, yoga and cycle instructor for many years; I can see how my intensity levels have diminished with age. There is no way I can match the energy of a 20 year old instructor; it is just a fact of life. One thing that has not dulled through the years has been my passion. I feel such joy when I see participants enjoying themselves; whether from a sense of personal accomplishment or laughing at something I mentioned, there is a bond that forms between all of us. As the members and I grow older, we will adjust to the reality of it. I have told my classes that one of my goals in teaching fitness has always been that all of us can still get out of a chair by ourselves when we are 90 years old. The acceptance of aging is something I feel the main stars in this action thriller may need to address sooner than later. Sylvester Stallone (Bullet to the Head, The Expendables franchise) played Ray Breslin, an expert in prison designs. Due to a double cross, Ray found himself locked up in an unknown maximum security facility that was based on one of his designs. If he wanted to get out alive he would not only have to rely on everything he had learned from breaking out of prisons, but on the help of fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand, True Lies). The main attraction of this movie was seeing the two former action heroes starring in a film together for the first time. Both actors stayed with what worked for them in the past; Sylvester delivered his grumbled lines with his sarcastic sneer while Arnold brought his brawn and comedic lines. It was obvious these two actors were trying to recapture their glory days and I did not have a problem with it. However, with that being the case; I was annoyed with the poor editing job throughout this movie. The illusion of being an action star failed due to seeing the stunt doubles in many of the scenes. The only performance I enjoyed was from Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line, Person of Interest-TV) as Warden Hobbes. With older actors trying to retain their youth, an odd script and a poor ending; there was nothing very satisfying in this film except that the good guys win and the bad guys lose. An observation, the audience was 95% male. There were a couple of scenes that had blood in them.

 

2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 22, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Oh dear…You’re definitely right. We need to age gracefully and not go kicking and screaming. I can’t imagine this film appealing to me in the slightest.

  2. Even though I don’t like this kind of movies the story seems OK. I guess another missed opportunity… By the way, I find your heads up line “a couple of scenes had blood in them” somehow funny! Here in Greece we take these things for granted when it comes to such movies.

    • Interesting that people take blood for granted in such films. I am not sure what to make of it. One of the reasons I mention it is because I know some individuals have a problem seeing blood. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

      • I believe that violence, blood, gore, nudity and harsh language all have their place in film. We as viewers should expect to see a certain amount of each depending on the films we choose to watch.

        What tends to bother me is when those elements are not used effectively. If I’m watching an R-rated movie that revolves around prostitution or strip clubs, I expect to see nudity. If I’m watching a mafia or gang related film, I expect to hear harsh language. And if there is fight scene, whether it is with fists, knives or guns, I expect to see blood. It makes me crazy when I watch a sword fight and all the blades come away from it in pristine condition after hacking and slashing their way through waves of enemies. I watched another movie some years ago, sorry I don’t remember the title, but a guy jumped off of a skyscraper and committed suicide. When it showed his body lying on the ground, he had a small trickle of blood from the corner of his mouth and a very small pool beneath his head. Knowing what a fall of several hundred feet and the sudden impact against concrete can do to the human body, I was immediately taken out of the moment.

        On the other hand, the aforementioned elements can be just as easily overutilized when directors go for the shock value. We have become jaded to such elements and some directors try to add a little extra in hopes of invoking a response. It’s a one trick pony and after seeing it so many times, instead of enhancing the story, they are detracting from it.

        Of course, all of this falls to the individual. What is too little, too much or just the right amount? We have to decide for ourselves and understand that the MPAA rating is there for a reason before ever stepping into the theater.

  3. I enjoyed some of Arnold’s films in the late 80’s with Predator being my favorite but I have absolutely no interest in this one. At some point, we all have to realize that we are getting too old for this…

    I was also a little irritated when he struck out against violent video games as California’s governor. Arnold made his career on violence and then to turn around and slam it was beyond hypocritical.

  4. The Dancing Rider

    I have a soft spot for Arnold, having kept track of all his movies over the years. Even the ones which were panned, like Last Action Hero. However … While I may rent this one out of curiosity, I certainly don’t expect a lot. He and Stallone are like me: OLD for action!

  5. As chaperon for my grandson, I was forced to view the unfortunate “return” of Arnold and Stallone. Arnold looked the part. Stallone was just sad and more than a little embarrassing. The facelift ostensibly to fix the mouth only distracted me. The zombie posture and walk traumatized me for life. 😉

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