Escape Plan Saturday, 04 April 2020

Escape Plan

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Corrections centres.

  • Starring:

    Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Faran Tahir, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Matt Gerald, 50 Cent

  • Directed by:

    Mikael Håfström

  • Running time:

    115 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot (including point blank range), shot at, punched repeatedly, stabbed repeatedly, tasered, headbutted, hit with objects, beaten, kidnapped, held at gunpoint, incarcerated, restrained, kicked repeatedly, body-slammed, impaled, tortured, near-drowned (waterboarding variant), sleep deprived, tormented, thrown, near-choked, slapped, dragged, caught on fire, blindfolded. Flooding, mass panic, mob fighting, threatening language. Explosions, sparks, burning objects, air raid, smoke canisters. Masked men. Bombs manufacture mentioned. Screaming, yelling, raised voices. Blood/gore: Corpses, high body count. Bloody head, bloody faces, bloody knuckles, bloody hand, bloody bullet wounds, open wound, pool of blood, bruising. Needles seen entering skin, wound-cleaning, stitching. Skin sliced open, object removed from skin. Breaking bones heard.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Drawing of a nude bottom. Cleavage. Sexual hand gesture and innuendo.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man is injected with an unknown sedative, a man is drugged with (assumed) chloroform. Alcohol (spirits). Smoking. Opium dealing, clotting powder mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words (frequent), s-words, a-words, cr*p, name-calling, slang for genitals. Derogatory terms for women, homosexuals, non-whites. Prison guard, prisoner, CIA, gender stereotypes. Biblical references, religious exclamations, prayer. Obscene finger gestures. Vegetarian joke.

  • THEMES:

    Incarceration, maximum security, surveillance, planning, prison escapes, tracking, architecture, teamwork, torture, sleep deprivation, betrayal, The Hippocratic Oath, ethics, code-breaking, political prisoners, bureaucracy, wrongful accusation, plotting, timing, plan B, sadism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother, deceased wife, deceased son mentioned. Prison, solitary confinement settings. Medical procedures (blood pressure, examination, wound-cleaning, injections), toilet. Helicopters, plane, butterflies (lepidoptery), camel. Fear of the dark mentioned. Licking, spitting, vomiting. Brief foreign languages (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Amusing, watchable, fun, old-school, shameless, enjoyable, likeable, escapist, brawny. Cheesy fun, good cast, good tonal balance, climactic finale, good fight choreography, decent CGI, good chemistry between Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Stupid, overlong, ridiculous, predictable, silly, archaic, lame. Flawed logic, implausible narrative, little character development, takes itself too seriously, action is poorly staged, clumsy subplots, lags in the middle, flat set design, tacky style, unnecessary backstory, hackneyed ending.

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