Escape Plan is exactly what you would expect a Schwarzenegger and Stallone movie to be. It’s heavy on action and brisk comedy, light on understandable dialogue or a coherent plot. If you know what you’re getting into Escape Plan can be an enjoyable two hour diversion from daily life.
Stallone plays Ray Breslin who escapes from prisons as a career. If you think it’s far-fetched that Stallone excels at hatching plans wait until you hear that he used to be a lawyer. Breslin takes a super-secret government job to test the security of a new kind of prison. One that was built according to the book Breslin wrote on escaping prisons. While inside he befriends Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) because the plot requires him to do so. He must use his immense knowledge of prison security and call on the favors of his new friend to get out of this one and beat the prison warden played by Jim Caviezel. Caviezel brings out every over-the-top bad guy cliche of the last 30 years for this picture right down to listening to classical music. The plan gets increasingly complicated to the point where it’s just easier to watch the action and try to enjoy yourself.
Stallone and Schwarzenegger traded in on their action films of the past in The Expendables 2 using their old lines to force comedy into the film. Thankfully there is none of that in Escape Plan. While they play the same types of characters they always play they aren’t resorting to using actual lines from the past. Stallone plays the brooding thuggish guy and Schwarzenegger plays the cheeky strong guy who’s having more fun than he should. Nothing new, but in that lies some of the charm. They know they’re getting older and these aren’t the movies of 20-30 years ago, but they’re trying to have some fun and deliver a decent action film. I’d still take this over the Jason Statham straight to video action pics of recent history.