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.

View the trailer…

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The Expendables 3 gets a director

Sylvester Stallone tweeted a few weeks ago that he was trying to get Mel Gibson on board as director for the next installment in The Expendables franchise.

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Sadly that tweet amounted to nothing more than over hyped excitement, a bit of a shame really.

Sly then turned his attention to John Woo, which would have been a really great appointment, however according to Sly’s Twitter he was working in China.

Then finally after some more teasing through the social network site, Stallone announced that the director would be Red Hill’s Patrick Hughes a relative unknown.

“Hey , Everyone should go look at Patrick Hughes short film on U-Tube It is called SIGNS. It will move you in a GOOD WAY. You will LOVE it!”

Clearly Sly is fully behind his new recruit and with the possibility of Jackie Chan and Wesley Snipes lined up as well things could be looking good!?

The Expendables 3 will open in the UK in 2014.

Wesley Snipes on board for The Expendables 3?

The hype around who will star and direct in The Expendables 3 is already gathering momentum.

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Names already mentioned for the completion of the trilogy have been Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, Clint Eastwood.

But there is one name all but all but assured to be a part of Sly’s team, Welsey Snipes. Recently released from prison (no, not Cryo) for tax evasion Snipes will be keen to raise his profile once again.

With the last two films doing well at the box office it could be just what Snipes needs. He already has one film coming out, a zombie Western called Gallowwalkers, but its anyone’s guess as to how that will go down?

Stallone has also been tweeting about how he would love to have Mel Gibson direct the third movie. That rumour you really do need to take with a massive pinch of salt.

Jason Statham talks Expendables 3

While the Expendables 2 filled the screen with as many action legends as possible it still didn’t manage to live up to the hype of the first film, but that hasn’t stopped the rumours about who’ll make the much anticipated third act.

One name flying about is Jackie Chan, with Jason Statham saying he hopes he the kung-fu kicking star will feature in this outing?

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The Stath said: “Stallone hasn’t said anything but I hear rumours,” says Statham. “I should never go with rumours because they’re often not correct, but I hear Jackie Chan might be coming to the party and that would make me very happy because I do like Jackie Chan.”

“I like Jackie because I’ve been a friend of Jackie’s forever,” he continues. “He’s broken every bone in his body for his commitment and dedication to doing his own stunts. So he’s the real deal. He is the real deal. He’s my [favourite]. I like Clint Eastwood as well.”

It seems as well that Stallone has managed to convince Nic Cage to join sign up, while Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes are thought to be others on his hit list.

“There’s a ton,” agrees Statham. “But the thing is, the magic wand comes from Sly.  He will either “yes” you or “no” you. So yeah, Expendables 3. Here we go. Strap yourselves in!”

Source: Collider

New Bullet To The Head Poster

Sylvester Stallone just never shows any sign of slowing down, the big man’s new film Bullet To The Head in which he teams up with an Asian cop, has a new poster.

Stallone sporting a rather fetching tattoo is shown gun in hand looking stern and all menacing like, while the back ground has a few bullet holes and some blood.

It has quite a nice tag line ‘revenge never gets old’ maybe poking fun at Stallone’s growing age.

In the film Stallone will play a hitman who comes out of retirement for one last job when a former partner is gunned down. This kind of plot sounds all too familiar, well doesn’t it?

He’s teamed up with Sung Kang in what will be another Stallone all out action buddy cop films.

Directed by Walter Hill and co-starring Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Christian Slater, Bullet To The Head opens in the UK on 1 February 2013. You can check out the new poster, below…