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Escape Plan (15)

Action, Mystery, Thriller

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

The critical consensus

A highly enjoyable slice of in-one-eye, out-the-other nonsense. It may coast on the charisma of its leads at times, and it’s hardly deep, but there’s a Friday night to be had.

***(*)(*)Andrew Lowry, Total Film, 13/10/2013

Escape Plan still promises more than it delivers. It’s disposable, even expendable, hokum.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 14/10/2013

For a long stretch of the second act the film feels like doing a long stretch, but Schwarzenegger’s having a ball as Stallone goes through the motions.

**(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 14/10/2013

More banter and character interest would have livened things up but it's a solid action thriller that shows the stars are still prepared to sweat it even if the pay cheques boast a few less zeroes.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 16/10/2013

It’s silly and sleazy but not completely without imaginative energy, and some moments stand out.

**(*)(*)(*)Antonia Quirke, Financial Times, 17/10/2013

To give the OAP stars (who are both over 65) credit, they don't skimp at all on the action scenes.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 17/10/2013

It's basically Prison Break for dopes, and – in everything from the prisoners' jumpsuits to the streaks in Arnie's hair – decidedly grey pulp, never quite distinctive enough to merit anything more than a tardy, generally unmemorable DVD viewing.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 17/10/2013

Pension plan more like.

**(*)(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 17/10/2013

This functional thumper generally gets the job done, plodding merrily, if unremarkably, through the generic set pieces, making a passable fist of well-worn material.

Mark Kermode, The Observer, 20/10/2013

Escape Plan is by no means a classic, but it’s the most enjoyable feature that Sly or Arnold have featured in since returning to action cinema.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 21/11/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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