Film Review: Escape Plan

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are evidently growing accustomed to each other’s company on the big screen.

Having spent much of their careers as box office rivals, the muscle-bound American and Austrian action heroes finally traded verbal blows in Stallone’s action-packed 2010 adventure, The Expendables.

Undated Film Still Handout from Escape Plan. Pictured: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER as Rottmayer and SYLVESTER STALLONE as Breslin. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Sony Releasing. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from Escape Plan. Pictured: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER as Rottmayer and SYLVESTER STALLONE as Breslin. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Sony Releasing. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

The stars reunited for the two Expendables sequels and now the sixty-something icons team up for Mikael Hafstrom’s preposterous, yet thrilling, prison break.

Escape Plan is an undeniable guilty pleasure, energized by breathless direction and a script co-written by Miles Chapman and Arnell Jesko that keeps us on our toes.

The film is brazenly divorced from reality and the two leads demonstrate an amazing ability to emerge unscathed from a hail of bullets or outpace teams of prison guards half their age.

But Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s grizzled charm carries the film through its loopier moments, including an opportunity for the two men to exchange bone-crunching punches.