‘Escape Plan’ Trailer: Schwarzenegger and Stallone Break Out of Prison

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 2nd, 2013 at 9:33 am,

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone didn’t have much luck at the box office with their solo vehicles The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head earlier this year (even though both were solid action-throwbacks), but that might change with their upcoming team effort Escape Plan. In this prison breakout thriller, Ray Breslin (Stallone) – the world’s foremost expert on structural security – cautiously accepts one more job before retirement: break out of the world’s most hi-tech (and ultra-secret) prison. Ray is deceived and incarcerated in the facility known as “The Tomb” (the film’s original title), where he plans a break-out with help from a fellow inmate (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who’s also getting on in the years.

Escape Plan was directed by Mikael Håfström, who’s more experienced at making supernatural horror films (1408The Rite) than this kind of masculine buddy flick. The screen story was designed by Miles Chapman (Road House 2: Last Call) – whose original script was revised by Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher), credited as Arnell Jesko – and the film costars Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest), 50 Cent (The Frozen Ground), Amy Ryan (The Office), Sam Neil (Alcatraz) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Sinister).

Judging by the Escape Plan trailer, the people behind the film’s marketing seem to have learned a thing or two from the miscalculated campaigns for Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s recent films. Both Last Stand and Bullet to the Head suffered in part because the trailers kept reminding moviegoers that these muscular gents have gotten slower and creakier over the years. As opposed to fellow old dog Bruce Willis, who has somehow become more invulnerable after turning 50, according to A Good Day to Die Hard and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (which are vastly inferior to both Sly and Arnie’s most recent movies).


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Here, there are no jokes about the stars being in their 60s or excess attention paid to the comedic and cheesy drama; instead, the trailer makes Escape Plan look like a good old-fashioned helping of tough guys on a mission, cracking wise and winking at the audience along the way (see: Schwarzenegger response to Stallone’s claim that he breaks out of prisons for a living).

Previously-released details from the Escape Plan script (back when the project was still called The Tomb) suggest the story and thematic elements come together to form an enjoyable homage to old-school buddy fare like Tango & Cash and Red Heat (minus the kitsch and camp found in an action throwback like Expendables 2). If that’s true, then here’s to hoping that Escape Plan proves to be successful at the box office, so we can enjoy more of Sly and Arnie’s macho posturing onscreen in the future (so long as they’re able and willing).


Escape Plan opens in U.S. theaters on October 18th, 2013.

Source: IGN

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  1. Looks good. Can’t wait.

  2. 1:56 time stamp total classic Arnold! Looks like a cool flick; however, Jackie Chan did a movie called the Prisoner.

  3. I’ll wait for DVD for this, but it does look like a really fun film! I enjoyed The Last Stand, Bullet to the Head was meh but as a fan of both Arnie and Sly, I’ll look forward to this. Also I love the rest of the cast!

  4. Seeing Jim Caviezel play the adversarial warden is enough to get my interest.

    • Would you say Jim Caviezel is your person of interest?

      • Clearly we’re on the same Frequency. :)

        • Oh Christ!

          On the movie, looks decent, will check it out for sure. Unfortunately I think both sly and Ahnuld are 20 years late to provide us with an Epic Crossover =/

  5. I don’t know why but i got the face off feeling when watching the trailer

    • Stallone never made a bad movie…?

      Stop or My Mom will Shoot

      • Oscar.

        • Hey. Oscar was and is a classic… and I’m not being sarcastic. I saw it again recently and nearly split myself laughing.

          “Of course I knew, I just had no idea!”

      • I actually like that movie, Jason. I re-watched it on Netflix streaming this week. Estelle Getty is hilarious as Stallone’s mom.

  6. Not a bad trailer I’d see it for the fun of it which I imagine others would do

  7. looks surprisingly good. its got a good cast behind it, and certainly an entertaining storyline. “you hit like a vegetarian” that got a chuckle out of me.

  8. This looks really good, and love that the article references Tango and Cash, and Red Heat.. Red Heat was a great movie.

    Looking forward to this!

  9. Looks better than I thought it would. I can buy Arnold as an older convict running life behind bars, but I can’t necessarily buy Stallone as an intellect/escape artist. We’ll see.

  10. This looks so awful. 50 Cent, really?

  11. It looks pretty good and there’s a great cast! Except for 50 cent!

  12. This definitely looks better than The Stand and Bullet To The Head combined.

    I dare say this may be better than both Expendables (what?).

  13. This actually looks like it will fulfill the promise of 80′s style action flicks much more so than Arnie and Sly’s previous attempts. I’m sold.

  14. This looks fun! Might be the best prison escape movie since Toy Story 3. Which weirdly enough was kind of a prison escape movie…

  15. “You punch like a vegetarian.”

    • Best line in the trailer. looks better than i thought it would, with arnie being a bit more convincing than stallone. looks much better than their recent efforts, although I still say Bruce Willis does better movies than both of them combined and has aged a lot better (warning to all the kids out there – say away from the steroids. might give you big muscles but you look like crap later on in life, even if you do keep all your hair! lol)

      • Bruce Willis has done better movies. But he’s done a hell of a lot more bulls*** movies too!

        • look at all the d2dvd crap he’s in on netflix.

          • I know, it’s sad :(

  16. I’m intrigued.

  17. Whoa!… ok liking this trailer, looks convincing unlike the recent Stallone and Arnold movies. I`ll give it a shot

  18. Can’t say I was expecting much but this looks awesome!

  19. Looks good.

  20. Those the guards from

    • Those the guards from THX that is.. lol cut off

  21. Looks good

  22. I recently watched Tango & Cash again not to long ago and I still love that movie. :)

    • A true classic of the genre. Makes me wish for Kurt Russell to make an appearance in the Expendables franchise (unless Stallone does go forward with a T&C sequel).

  23. I grew up on these guys, they’re like a franchise within their selves. they always come back. I cant wait to see this movie.

  24. You hit like a vegetarian!! LOL love that line!

  25. I think I like this, it looks like it might be good. :)

  26. Stallone’s WIG looks way too thick. He looks like an old man with 22 year old hair.