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07 Feb 2014

Blu-Ray Review: Stallone, Schwarzenegger Are Fun to Watch in 'Escape Plan'

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At long last, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up for a movie together in which they both play big parts. Yes, they have been in The Expendables films together, but Arnie has only done guest spots.

Escape Plan has Sly playing a security expert who escapes from prisons for a living. Things go bad when he gets buried in a maximum-security prison—and the folks who put him there plan to keep him locked up. Arnie plays a prisoner who befriends Sly on the inside, and they together look for a way to get out of a seemingly inescapable place.

Stallone is good here, and I haven’t enjoyed Arnie this much since well before he became governor. Arnold has one scene in which he raves to the warden about God in German. It turns out the warden is played by Jim Caviezel, who did, in fact, play Jesus for Mel Gibson, which makes the scene extra insane.

Escape Plan is junky fun, and it will make fans giddy. Yes, Stallone and Schwarzenegger are getting old, but they look great and have a lot of life in them. This bombed in the U.S., but did OK overseas, where the two aging stars appear to still have a little box-office clout.

Special Features: A commentary with the writer and director, deleted scenes and some behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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