By M. Scott Morris
A segment of the movie-going public wants to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger on screen together.
I base that on the scattered applause that accompanied the ending credits of “Escape Plan,” which stars the two men as prisoners of an “inescapable” prison.
Stallone is Breslin, a guy so damaged by something from his past that he makes a living by going to jail and escaping, then teaching authorities how to tighten security.
A CIA agent hires Breslin to help test out a new prison that’s been developed, but things go wrong from the start.
None of his codes work, and the warden (Jim Caviezel) isn’t the man Breslin was told to expect.
But Breslin finds a partner, if not a friend, in the form of Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), a man who knows how to get things. Before you can say “Escape Plan,” they’re working on an escape plan.
Stallone and Schwarzenegger are stars for a reason, and they’re joined by a talented cast, including Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as Breslin’s business partners, and Sam Neill as a prison doctor.
All that talent is put to work in a silly story that doesn’t make much sense when you think about it.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but the inescapable prison only seems inescapable when everyone’s in solitary confinement. That changes when Breslin starts mingling with other prisoners, making friends, enemies and plans.
In addition, the warden is easily manipulated, even when he’s the one holding every single one of the cards.
It’s tiring to point out all the logical flaws of a Stallone and Schwarzenegger movie, when the only important thing is the body bag to one-liner ratio.
If I were taking “Escape Plan” seriously, I’d drop it to a D or an F, but how could I take it seriously?
I give “Escape Plan” a C minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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