Nearly every review of this film describes it as a rehashing of '80s action movies. Frankly, that is precisely what sent me running to the box office. After the abysmal summer of blockbusters, maybe Hollywood needs a refresher course. If anything isn’t reinventing the wheel, it’s this genre. I’m easy to please. Give me a respectable plot, some good explosions and a clever quip and I’m happy. Well, if there is a school for action movies, Stallone and Schwarzenegger should teach the master class.
Ray Breslin (Stallone) is an escape artist, a prison escape artist. After his family was murdered by an escaped convict, Breslin has made it his career and his life’s mission to make sure that prisons are inescapable. When the CIA hires him to break out of their latest facility, things go very wrong. Breslin is being set up, and without his usual safety nets, he must rely on his own knowledge and instincts--or face a life on cell block C. He quickly bonds with a German terror suspect Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) and together they plan their escape from the futuristic fortress strictly monitored by Warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel). Good guys are bad, bad guys are good, up is down, right is wrong. Well, you get the idea.
Both men have some miles on them, and with age comes experience. This film doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is. What it does try to do is be a fun, engaging classic action movie with a few unexpected twists. And guess what: it succeeds. It’s not great art, but it’s great fun. It’s a 7.