Trailer Talk: THE ESCAPE PLAN (2013)
For those not familliar with the “Trailer Talk” feature here at Blank Page Beatdown:
“Trailer Talk” is where I document my freak outs regarding upcoming films that I get super excited about. Or rip apart with my super critical bionic eye. It’s also an attempt to feature some films that may not get the attention they deserve prior to release, but movies definitely worth keeping an eye out for. Not the bionic one. Sometimes I make predictions, and we get to see if I’m right or wrong after the movie releases.”
I don’t know why this hasn’t happened before. Sure, THE EXPENDABLES Franchise has some screen time between Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone, but these legendary icons haven’t done an actual movie together. That’s about to change in 2013 with THE ESCAPE PLAN.
The trailer begins with misdirection. We see Sylvester Stallone in a prison, narrating how to break out of it. Apparently this is his job. Breaking out of prisons, in order to assess their weaknesses and improve their security. However, the Trailer really begins when, during a consult for a specially designed prison, Sly gets kidnapped and put into that very same prison, from which there is no escape. He doesn’t know who or why did this to him. But he will find out. Over some dead bodies of course.
Once in this special hi-tech prison, Sly makes friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, who decides to help him break out, in exchange for breaking out himself too. But it’s not all best friends and soapy showers as Arnie threatens to kill Sly if he fails. So Sylvestor Stallone has to break out of his crazy prison, uncover who set him up, while making an unfriendly alliance. It’s a simple set up and it looks pretty damn good, as far as gimmicky action movies go.
The montage of action sequences is pretty damn good. They could be better though. Guns, punches, screaming… it’s all pretty standard. There is a scene with Arnie & Sly trading punches, which should be awesome.
Jim Caviezel in this as, what looks like, the antagonist, as well as 50 Cent playing the apparent ‘tech guy’. My biggest problem with this trailer, is that once again, this looks like a Sylvester Stallone movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it. That’s upsetting. I thought both these icons would get equal story significance. Unless of course there’s a twist in the end revealing that Arnie’s character had something to do with Sly’s kidnapping.
Only time will tell when THE ESCAPE PLAN releases on October 18th, 2013.
I’m pumped! Are you? Let me know in the comments below.