Sunday, January 23, 2011

THE ESCAPIST (2008) - Rupert Wyatt

Other than a few forced narrative loop-de-loops and timeline scramblings, this one is pretty standard prison escape movie fare. Nothing that hasn't been done earlier and better in prison break classics like Brute Force or Escape from Alcatraz. Rather than spending time complicating a pretty basic plot, writer/director Wyatt may have better served the story by complicating his characters with a little more history and background. Brian Cox's urgent reason for busting out (to save his teenage daughter who's become a junkie) comes off a little ham-fisted, not exactly the race against time the structure seems to require. And for those in the HVAC community, yes, unrealistically roomy human-size air conditioning vents do unfortunately factor into The Escapist's great escape.

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