Escape Plan – 2013

escape plan posterWhen a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

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What we think: For those of us that grew up watching action films in the 80s one can only stand by and admire that Stallone and Schwarzenegger are still going well into their 60s.

Clearly they’re having fun, which is a good thing as we’re not expecting Oscar material here and those that are may as well leave now.

Escape Plan gives the two giants top billing opposite each other for the first time the whole way through a film (not counting The Expendables), but ultimately they’re on the same side.

Ray Breslin (Stallone) breaks out of prisons for a living, making sure that those who are put behind bars have no way of ever getting out .

When a job comes up to test out a top secret facility Breslin gleefully accepts despite his partners thinking otherwise, it leads him on to a collision course with Arnie who he needs to get onside in order to get out.

Of course once inside its clear that some people have no intention of letting him see the light of day, and Breslin is trapped behind a prison that encompasses everything he wrote the book on.

He teams up with fellow inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) in an attempt to break out and bring those responsible for setting him up, to justice, and that is where the fun begins.

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Schwarzenegger is enjoying himself even if the dialogue is not the best, like we said, we’re not expecting Oscar material. He does however get the good lines and pretty much acts as the diversion as Breslin scampers around looking for breaks in the system.

 is Hobbs, the warden of the facility, in what is actually quite a good turn as the classic pantomime villain, a throw back to the baddies of the mid eighties. He plays it cold and calculating, which in some parts feels like he’s going a bit OTT.

Beneath him is Vinnie Jones, type cast as the bog standard henchmen who is not particularly needed and to make matters worse probably gets one of the worst henchmen deaths. We don’t regard that as a plot spoiler as most villain side kicks end up biting the bullet as the stop gap between the hero and the classic ending battle.

There are no illusions going into this, you know exactly what you’re going to get right down to the obvious plot twist that you can see coming a mile off. A sub plot is only touched on briefly but its a sub plot that has been a staple part of any revenge plan.

The film has a strong third act once everything has been set up and it unfolds in a pulsating twenty minute finale which includes quite possibly the best slow motion shot for some time, nodding itself to most classic action films of the Arnie era.

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It’s meat and two veg action of maybe not the highest order but certainly better than some of its more recent predecessors, Stallone and Schwarzenegger bring their action A-game and don’t disappoint for a second.

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First look at Arnie in The Tomb

Recognise this guy, yea it took us a few seconds to realise who it was as well. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back with Sylvester Stallone again, this time in The Tomb.

Here’s what IMDB say about it.

“Ray Breslin is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test.

He’s framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars.”

The film is due for release next year and also stars Jim CaviezelVincent D’Onofrio oh and a certain Vinnie Jones and is directed by Mikael Håfström.

Expendables II Trailer Explodes Online

Well it’s the trailer that every action fan in the world has been waiting for, and oh my god its a beauty!!

Packed with even more testosterone that will surely have you nailed to your cinema seat the trailer gives a little more insight into how badass the film is going to be!

What’s great about it? Well….Willis as the main villain, the return of most of the previous cast including Stallone, Statham and Li new recruits, Chuck Norris, Van Damme and the piece de resistance big Arnie equipped with even bigger gun.

The plot details are still unknown but we’re pretty sure it will centre around a susicide mission for our heroes and some of the most ridiculous action sequences ever.

Simon West of Con Air fame will be directing and he has experience of bringing together big name actors in a balls and all action epic so we’re pretty sure this one is going to be just as good if not better than the first.

Expendables 2 is out in the States late August next year, so expect it to hit UK cinemas some time after that!

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Expendables 2 poster online

The biggest action film of 2012 is soon to be heading our way, and while we wait with baited breath for that first trailer in which we can see new recruits Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme the poster below should get testosterone levels rising.

As far as action posters go it could be the best yet, well I personally think so! All the regulars are back, with the exception of Jet Li who doesn’t look like he has made this one sheeter? And Randy Couture has also missed out, but then with all that muscle it might have been hard to fit them all in.

Norris and Van Damme look pretty badass, but the biggest delight has got to be Arnold Schwarzenegger back with a more deeper role this time along with Bruce Willis who will play the resident bad guy.

Another new boy to join the cast is Liam Hemsworth, star of Knowing and the upcoming The Hunger Games.

As to the plot, well we’ll have to wait a little longer for that one as well but one thing is 100%confirmed…it is surely going to be bigger and better than the last.

Check back here for more news surrounding The Expendables 2 

Expendables 2…something to get excited about!

Since we first heard about Sly Stallone’s testosterone fueled epic The Expendables, every action fan the world over was guessing as to who was going to be in it.

All was revealed last year, and it was a cast list that wasn’t it the slightest bit disappointing. From Statham to Li, Lundgren to Stallone himself and even Bruce Willis and Schwarzenegger popped in for one if the best film cameos I have ever seen.

If the film’s lack of script was an issue then the bangs and whistles that followed made up for it.

Of course the minute the end credits rolled everyone was thinking sequel, and Stallone is not one to leave his army of fans wanting more for too long.

With pretty much all the cast coming back, even the dead Steve Austin (alegedly), the rumour mill churned into life about which new action heroes would join up.

The first name to appear was no real surprise, having original turned down the roll in the first film. Since Jean Claude Van Damme graced T.V. with a somewhat cringe worthy fly on the wall docu series recently, he has been keen to get back into a film that has the potential to be a box office hit and not a stright to DVD flop.

News today reports that the Muscles from Brussels is officially confirmed and from what Sly is saying they will have a mouth watering showdown that might see the trademark round house kick used to its lethal ability.

Speaking to Entertainment weekly Stallone said: ““We’ll have a big showdown between me and Van Damme, which has been anticipated for a long time, so it should be a good one.” We don’t doubt that for a second.

Also confirmed is Chuck Norris, a cult hero himself he’s not been in a full feature since 2005, and is more well known for his T.V. series Walker Texas Ranger. Of course as an 80s action icon he’s just about killed and blown everything up you could possibly imagine, and we’re pretty sure he’s going to be one of the good guys.

Sly also said: “We’re trying to work out different scenarios. I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot.

So we’re always looking for actors like Michael Biehn and Michael Pare. I like those kinds of guys. Someone did it for me and I like to see if I can do it for them. We also need some new blood in there, a Navy Seal-type, because with the Expendables none of them have 20-20 vision anymore. They need some help, man.”

Stallone seems to be casting a wide net in his search, with Twilight’s Taylor Lautner another name to be mentioned. Lautner is probably looking to break free from the girl screaming Twight franchise, and I don’t blame him. His new film Abduction looks good and casts him in a Bourne-esque type role.

Lastly two of the worlds biggest action stars are also confirmed to reprise their roles, that short scene reminiscent of a meeting at Planet Hollywood will see Willis and Schwarzenegger back! As to how much screen time they are going to be getting is anyone’s guess but we’d hope its more than a couple of minutes.

Simon West is on to direct, and he has a few films that boast extreme action most notably Con Air so expect the unexpected!

That scene!!