ESCAPE PLAN Blu-ray Review

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Now available on Blu-ray is director Mikael Håfström’s action-thriller, Escape Plan.  The story centers on Ray Beslin (Sylvester Stallone), a security expert who specializes in breaking out of prisons.  When he signs on for a new job, Breslin finds himself incarcerated in the most inescapable jail he’s ever faced, one that’s run by a sadistic warden (Jim Caviezel) and designed to trump all of Breslin’s tricks of the trade.  In order to make it out alive, he’ll need help from his friends on the outside, as well as a new ally on the inside (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Also starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neill, and Faran Tahir, Escape Plan is a fun throwback action film that uses the stars’ brains over brawn to come out on top.  Fans of Stallone and Schwarzenegger may be pleasantly surprised to find the duo puzzling their way out of a tight spot rather than merely shooting through any opposition (though there’s a bit of that too, of course).  Hit the jump for my Escape Plan Blu-ray review.

New to Blu-ray: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, ABOUT TIME, ESCAPE PLAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a serious Oscar contender, an emotional father-son story, an 80s throwback, and more.  Briefly:

Friday Box Office: GRAVITY Stays on Top as CARRIE, ESCAPE PLAN, and THE FIFTH ESTATE Open

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Three new releases challenged Gravity for the top spot at the box office on Friday, but the 3D space thriller remained on top with $9.1 million.  Gravity will cross $150 today and is likely to win its third weekend in a row, bolstering the film’s Oscar chances.  Carrie put up the best fight with a $6.6 million Friday for second place.  The Stallone vs. Schwarzenegger pitch brought in just $3.4 million in business for Escape Plan, good enough for fourth place.  In a semi-wide release, The Fifth Estate lagged behind with a seventh place opening of $587,000.  Check back tomorrow for the weekend box office report.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Gravity $9,070,000 $148.6
2.  Carrie $6,600,000 $6.6
3.  Captain Phillips
$5,150,000 $41.2
4.  Escape Plan
$3,360,000 $3.4
5.  Cloudy with a Chance 2
$2,550,000 $85.6

Arnold Schwarzenegger Takes to reddit to Deliver Fan-Favorite Movie Lines, Including a New Line from His Upcoming Film, ESCAPE PLAN

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No matter how good your Arnold Schwarzenegger impression is, it’s never going to be as good as the original.  Rather than play his greatest hits over and over again, Schwarzenegger took to reddit to personally deliver some fan-favorite movies lines.  We’ve compiled all of his videos in which he voices classic lines from Predator, Kindergarten Cop, Conan the Barbarian, Jingle All the Way, and his upcoming film, Escape Plan, now playing in theaters.  Check them out after the jump.

ESCAPE PLAN Review

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Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger would really like it to be the 1980s, or at the very least, the 90s.  For Stallone, he had Tango & Cash, Cliffhanger, and Demolition Man.  For Schwarzenegger, he had Total Recall, Terminator 2, and True Lies.  Over the past several years, they’ve tried to rejuvenate their careers by giving the fans the team-up films they didn’t get 20-30 years ago.  Their past outings with The Expendables movies have been straight fan service with Schwarzenegger spouting lines like “I’m back!”  Escape Plan is their first real movie together, and while it’s a nice evolution for Schwarzenegger, the movie is caught between playing it straight and acknowledging the goofiness of its premise.  It eventually breaks free to embrace its B-movie personality, but it has a hard time getting there.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Tells Jim Caviezel Where to Go in New Clip from ESCAPE PLAN

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Lionsgate has released a new clip from the upcoming action movie, Escape PlanSylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. Breslin is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design, and must escape in order to find out who framed him and why.  Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a fellow inmate and accomplice in the jailbreak.  In the clip, Schwarzenegger’s character draws upon his meager artistic ability in a heartfelt attempt to help the prison’s irate warden (Jim Caviezel).

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Amy Ryan.  Escape Plan opens October 18th.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone Trade Punches in First Clip from ESCAPE PLAN; Plus New Images

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Summit Entertainment has released the first clip from director Mikael Hafstrom’s actioner Escape Plan, and if you’ve been itching to see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone square off in a fight, today’s your lucky day.  Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. Breslin is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design, and must escape in order to find out who framed him and why.  Schwarzenegger plays a fellow inmate and accomplice in the jailbreak.  In this debut clip, we see the two start a jail fight that appears to be part of their plan.  It showcases a healthy blend of comedy that harkens back to the action films of the 1980s and 90s, so hopefully that tone is prevalent throughout the entire film.

Hit the jump to watch the clip and to check out a few new images.  The film also stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Amy Ryan.  Escape Plan opens September 27th.

Producer Randall Emmett Talks 2 GUNS, EVEREST, Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE, WITCH HUNTER with Vin Diesel, MONOPOLY, LONE SURVIVOR, and Much More

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While you might not know the name Randall Emmett, it’s likely you’ve seen at least one of the eighty films he’s produced.  And with his company now funding higher profile movies like 2 Guns, Lone Survivor, Escape Plan, and many others, he’s definitely making a name for himself in Hollywood.  A few days ago in New York City, I sat down with him for an extended interview.  Here are a few things I learned about some of his upcoming projects:

  • Baltasar Kormákur‘s Everest is in pre-production.  Filming will begin in November and will take place in the Italian Alps, Nepal, and on stages in London.  Cast is in final negotiations.
  • Martin Scorsese’s Silence starts filming next June.  Scorsese has already been on location scouts.
  • Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel starts production in February, directly after Diesel finishes Fast & Furious 7.
  • They just secured writers for Monopoly, which centers on a father and son.
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos will be a blend of 2D and CG animation.
  • What happened to Red Sonja?  Casting was always a big issue, the script was never right, and they had a bunch of different directors coming in and out.

Hit the jump for how 2 Guns came together, working with director Peter Berg on Lone Survivor, how he’s able to finance movies, how he started as Wahlberg’s assistant many years ago, what happened with Buck Rogers, the status of another Rambo, how Escape Plan is a contemporary version of an 80s film, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Want to See ESCAPE PLAN at Comic-Con with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone? Enter Our Giveaway and Win Tickets to the Fan Screening

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While San Diego Comic-Con is a great place to catch some panels and score some merchandise on the convention floor, SDCC also plays host to a number of great screenings every year.  Fans get the chance to catch some upcoming films way early, and Comic-Con 2013 is no different.  We here at Collider will be giving away 5 admit-two tickets to attend a very special fan screening of Escape Plan in San Diego this Thursday, July 18th with stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in attendance.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

Comic-Con Attendees Can Win Passes to Fan Screening of ESCAPE PLAN Hosted by Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The thriller Escape Plan won’t have a panel at this year’s Comic-Con, but Summit Entertainment is planning to do fans one better.  The film stars Sylvester Stallone as a structural security expert who is wrongly imprisoned, and must break out of a seemingly inescapable facility with the help of a fellow inmate (Sylvester Stallone).  Looking at the trailer, I think the flick looks like a fun 90s throwback, and now Comic-Con attendees will get a chance to see if the movie can deliver on its potential at a special fan screening.  According to the press release, the screening will be on Thursday, July 18th, and “Passes for the screening will be available through online giveaways, at the Summit Booth on the convention floor on July 18th, and via giveaway outside the screening location, the evening of the event, while supplies last.”  The fan line outside the theater (701 5th Ave) will open at 5:00pm.  Stallone and Schwarzenegger will be on hand for the red carpet, so I expect the excitement from the crowd will be completely nuts.

Hit the jump for the full press release.  Escape Plan opens October 18th.

First Trailer for ESCAPE PLAN Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone

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The first trailer has been released for the action film, Escape Plan.  Formerly titled “The Tomb“, Sylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. Breslin is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design, and must escape in order to find out who framed him and why.  Stallone is joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays a fellow inmate and accomplice in the jail break.  The trailer makes the flick look like an old-school action flick, and one that could be a whole lot of fun.  Schwarzenegger and Stallone could have played these roles twenty years ago, but they don’t seem too old to play them now.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Amy Ryan.  Escape Plan opens September 27th.

Kick It 90s-Style with First Poster for ESCAPE PLAN Starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The first poster for Escape Plan has been released.  Formerly titled “The Tomb“, Sylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. Breslin is framed and incarcerated in a prison of his own master design and must now figure out how to break out.  Stallone is joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays a fellow inmate and accomplice in the jail break.  I kind of love this poster because it seems like something that could have come from the early 90s.  Yes, it features two action stars of the 80s-90s, but it also evokes a 90s poster in the font and the color scheme.  There’s none of the motion blur that’s become far too prominent in recent posters, and it doesn’t employ the blue-orange contrast either.  I’m sure a future poster will be more generic and make the actors much larger, but this teaser is a nice bit of nostalgia.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film also stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, and Sam NeillEscape Plan opens October 18th.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set for Release on August 15, 2014; ESCAPE PLAN Pushed to October 18th [Updated]

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We’ve got release date news concerning two upcoming Sylvester Stallone action films to share.  First up, Lionsgate has solidified an August 15, 2014 release date for the sequel The Expendables 3.  We recently learned that Red Hill director Patrick Hughes has been tapped to helm the follow-up, and Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Milla Jovovich are all confirmed to be appearing alongside Sylvester Stallone and company.  The pic currently has that late summer release date all to itself, and filming will likely get underway later this year.

Additionally, Summit has pushed the Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger prison break film Escape Plan back from September 13th to October 18th of this year.  The film will now face off against the horror remake Carrie, the Jeff Bridges-fronted fantasy pic The Seventh Son, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt directorial debut Don Jon.

[Update: Additionally, Universal has now announced that the Liam Neeson-fronted airplane thriller Non-Stop will open on February 28, 2014.]

Release Date Shuffle: I, FRANKENSTEIN Pushed to January 2014, INSIDIOUS 2 Moved Up, AUSTENLAND Set for 8/16, WALK OF SHAME Opens 9/20

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A few release date shuffles have been announced.  Briefly:

  • I, Frankenstein – Director Stuart Beattie’s graphic novel adaptation has been pushed back yet again from this coming September to the less-than-promising date of January 24th.  The Aaron Eckhart-starrer will now open opposite the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sam Worthington thriller Ten.
  • Insidious: Chapter 2 – The Patrick Wilson/Rose Byrne-fronted horror sequel will now open a week earlier on September 13th, opposite Machete Kills and Battle of the Year.
  • Austenland – Sony Pictures Classic has set Jerusha Hess’ Sundance comedy for a limited release in NY and LA on August 16th.  The film stars Keri Russell and Jemaine Clement.
  • Walk of Shame – Director Steven Brill’s comedy, which stars Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden, has been slated for wide release on September 20th.  The film will open opposite the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Prisoners and Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush.
  • Escape Plan - The Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sylvester Stallone thriller previously known as The Tomb has been moved up from September 27th to September 13th.
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