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Escape Plan October 18, 2013
Escape Plan
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Rating: R for violence and language throughout.

At the peak of their stardom in the 1980s, movie fans clamored for Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to team up.

Alas, it never happened.

We have had glimpses of them pairing together in recent years. The two have appeared in the "Expendables" movies, but only as part of an ensemble.

However, with the release of "Escape Plan," we finally have a film in which they are the main focus.

Ray Breslin (Stallone) is an expert on structural security. He gets paid to break out of prisons to point out their flaws.

But, someone wants him out of the way. On his latest job, Breslin is framed and taken to "The Tomb" where he meets the warden (Jim Caviezel) of the escape-proof facility. There is no record of Breslin being hired to do a job. Instead, he is treated like every other inmate. The warden puts Breslin away, vowing he will never see the light of freedom.

That forces Breslin to attempt the impossible and find a way out of the Tomb. He also has to discover who put him there and why. But, Breslin knows he can't succeed alone, so he enlists the help of an inmate (Schwarzenegger). Together, they work to get out alive.

"Escape Plan" is a throwback to the action films of the 1980s and 1990s. Although the stars are in their 60s and a bit past their physical primes, they both still have the energy and charisma to make this a believable story.

Schwarzenegger is showcased in several great scenes, including an interrogation where he starts ranting in his native tongue. Plus there are one-liners peppered throughout the movie which will remind you of the some of the great quips these stars have uttered over the years.

However, it is not perfect. Every time the story shifts from the stars it slows down quite a bit. Thankfully, that never lasts too long and we jump back in to the meat of the plot.

It took a long time to see Arnie and Sly co-starring together. But I think it was worth it.

On my rating scale, "Escape Plan" earns a TRIPLE.

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