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Escape Plan is a 2013 American prison action thriller film starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and co-starring Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D Onofrio and Amy Ryan. It was directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, and written by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller (under the anagram pen-name Arnell Jesko ). The first film to pair up Stallone and Schwarzenegger as co-leads, it follows Stallone s character Ray Breslin, a lawyer turned prison security tester who is incarcerated in the world s most secret and secure prison, and recruits fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer, portrayed by Schwarzenegger, to stage a breakout. The film is the first installment of the Escape Plan film series.
The film was released in the United States on October 18, 2013, received mixed reviews and grossed $137 million worldwide against a $54 million budget.
This article s plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (October 2021)
Former prosecutor Ray Breslin is the founder and co-owner of Breslin-Clark, a security firm specializing in testing the security measures of supermax prisons. Posing as an inmate to study facilities from within and exploit their weaknesses to escape, Breslin is driven by the murders of his wife and child by an escaped convict he had successfully prosecuted, and has garnered a reputation as the man who can escape any prison.
Breslin and his business partner, Lester Clark, receive a multimillion-dollar deal from CIA operative Jessica Miller to test a new, top secret prison for disappeared persons on the condition that Ray and his team cannot know the prison s true location. Although this violates his principles, Breslin agrees, allowing himself to be captured under the identity of a terrorist-for-hire. The plan goes awry when his captors remove a tracking microchip he had implanted in his arm and drug him, preventing his colleagues from knowing where he has been taken.
Breslin wakes up inside the prison and realizes that the warden, Hobbes, is not the same warden who was supposed to release him in an emergency. He befriends another inmate, Emil Rottmayer, who claims to be a security expert for Victor Mannheim, a faceless Robin Hood-type figure who steals from the wealthy. In order to be intentionally subjected to solitary confinement, Breslin and Rottmayer stage a fight. Breslin quickly learns the cell in question is intended to disorient and dehydrate prisoners with high-powered lights. Realizing the cell floors have rivets of steel instead of more secure aluminium, Breslin has Rottmayer acquire a metal plate from Hobbes s office floor, before they and an inmate named Javed are again consigned to solitary cells.
Using the metal plate, Breslin focuses the reflection from the lights onto the steel rivets, heating them so that they loosen when the steel expands. Following a passageway below the floor, he discovers the prison is inside a massive cargo ship somewhere in the middle of an ocean. Breslin and Rottmayer continue to study the complex and learn the guards routines. However, Hobbes then reveals to Breslin that he is aware of his true identity, has assigned his head of security Drake to monitor him at all times, and will ensure Breslin spends the rest of his life in the prison. Breslin offers Hobbes information on Mannheim from Rottmayer in exchange for his release; Hobbes agrees.
While Breslin feeds Hobbes false information about Mannheim, his colleagues, Abigail Ross and Hush, grow suspicious of Clark when Breslin s paycheck for the job is frozen. Hush discovers that the prison, codenamed The Tomb, is owned by a for-profit organization linked to a notorious private security contractor. Clark is also revealed to be in contact with Hobbes about Breslin s imprisonment.
Rottmayer has Javed convince Hobbes that he is double-crossing them, and Javed is rewarded by being allowed to go above deck for his nightly prayer; this allows him to use a makeshift sextant to determine the ship s precise latitude. From this, Breslin and Rottmayer deduce they are somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean near Morocco. Breslin convinces the prison physician, Dr. Kyrie (who is also a prisoner), to help him and Rottmayer escape by sending an email to Mannheim, and transmits a false tap code message from his cell, convincing Hobbes that a riot will occur in Cell Block C. However, Javed instigates another riot at Cell Block A, allowing him, Breslin, and Rottmayer to flee to the top deck while a lockdown is initiated. Breslin kills Drake when he tries to stop them, but Javed is gunned down by Hobbes and his men. Breslin goes to the engine room to shut down the Tomb s electrical grid, giving Rottmayer time to open the deck hatch while a helicopter sent by Mannheim engages in a gunfight with the guards. Rottmayer boards the helicopter while Breslin is flushed to the bottom of the ship by the automated water system after Hobbes reboots the grid. Reaching the helicopter as Hobbes fires at him, Breslin shoots several leaking oil barrels, killing Hobbes in the explosion.
The helicopter lands on a Moroccan beach, where Rottmayer reveals he is actually Mannheim and Jessica Miller is in fact his daughter, who actually hired Breslin to mastermind her father s escape. Later, Ross informs Breslin that they discovered Clark was offered a $5 million salary to become CEO of the Tomb s security company, should Breslin s imprisonment prove the ship was indeed escape-proof. Hush explains that he tracked Clark to Miami and locked him in a car, which is in turn placed within a shipping container bound for an unknown destination.
- Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin / Anthony Portos, a former prosecutor, businessman and skilled structural engineer who is best known for being the world s best escape artist.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger as Emil Rottmayer / Victor X. Mannheim, an inmate who befriends Ray.
- Jim Caviezel as Warden Hobbes, the malicious owner of the Tomb prison facility.
- Curtis 50 Cent Jackson as Hush , Ray s best friend who is working as his own technical expert.
- Sam Neill as Dr. Kyrie, the doctor of the Tomb prison facility.
- Vinnie Jones as Drake, Hobbes sadistic and violent personal assistant and bodyguard as well as the leader of the Tomb prison facility s security array.
- Faran Tahir as Javed Afridi, a Muslim criminal and an inmate of the Tomb who allies with Breslin and Mannheim.
- Vincent D Onofrio as Lester Clark, Ray s business partner who arranges the various escape jobs, later revealed to have betrayed Ray all along.
- Amy Ryan as Abigail Ross, a senior member of Breslin-Clark and another friend of Ray.
- Graham Beckel as Brims
- Matt Gerald as Roag
- Caitriona Balfe as Jessica Miller, a CIA operative who hires Breslin. She is later revealed to be Mannheim s daughter who helped her father and Breslin.
- Lydia Hull as Jules, a receptionist
The spec script was initially called The Tomb. When Summit first purchased the script, Jeff Wadlow was attached to direct and Jason Keller was hired to do rewrites.
Early reports in 2010 speculated that Bruce Willis was cast as Ray Breslin and Antoine Fuqua was attached to direct. It was revealed by producer Mark Canton on The Matthew Aaron Show that Jim Caviezel had signed on to the film, playing the prison warden Hobbes.
British actor Vinnie Jones signed on to co-star as Drake, the ruthless prison guard.
Variety and other media in the news stated that Amy Ryan, Vincent D Onofrio, and 50 Cent had joined the cast of Escape Plan. It was confirmed in mid-April that 50 Cent would play the computer expert who was once incarcerated for cyber crimes helping Breslin s character escape, D Onofrio would play the deputy director of the high-tech prison, and Ryan would play Stallone s business partner and his potential love interest.
In an interview with the British newspaper The Sun, Vinnie Jones stated that the film was to shoot April 16 to June 23 in New Orleans. Shooting for Escape Plan was also confirmed to take place in Louisiana in the spring of 2012. In August 2012, at The Expendables 2 conference, Arnold Schwarzenegger commented on the film and stated that filming had finished. The engine room fight scene between Breslin and Drake was filmed onboard the bulk carrier RICAN, the giveaway is IMO NO 7621932 seen in several scenes.
On April 9, 2013, it was officially announced that the film had been pushed back to a September 13, 2013 release and the film s title had been changed from The Tomb to Escape Plan. On July 18, 2013, a fan screening was held at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 at San Diego Comic-Con, which Stallone and Schwarzenegger attended. The film was theatrically released in the United States on October 18, 2013.
The film underperformed at the U.S. box office, debuting at number four on the box office chart with $9.89 million from 2,883 theaters and ultimately grossing only $25.1 million domestically. However, Escape Plan was an international box-office success, debuting at first place in several Asian and European markets, with the total international gross more than doubling its $50 million budget at $112.2 million, totaling up to a worldwide gross of $137.3 million.
Escape Plan was met with mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 50%, based on reviews from 107 critics, with an average score of 5.4/10. The site s critical consensus states: As much fun as it is to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up onscreen, Escape Plan fails to offer much more than a pale imitation of 1980s popcorn thrills. Metacritic gives the film a score of 49 out of 100, based on 33 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+ .
Tom Huddleston of Time Out London gave the film two out of five stars, commenting that the film would have made a perfect vehicle for, say, a Chuck Norris or even a Jean-Claude Van Damme. But these two redoubtable, enormously watchable old-school heroes deserve better. Ben Rawson-Jones of Digital Spy gave the film four out of five stars, commenting that it defies those who wrote off the abilities of its stars to cut the muscular mustard in today s youth-orientated cultural climate. These supposedly old dogs have plenty of life—but their effectiveness relies on the foundation of a smart script that plays to their strengths and the audience s perception of their star personas. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said in his review: Mikael Håfstrom, the director, pushes the suspense buttons efficiently, and the plot twists are disguised well enough for the not-very-demanding crowd this film will draw. The scenes with Mr. Stallone and Mr. Schwarzenegger are a little disappointing — it s their first pairing as top-billed co-stars, yet the script never gives them the kind of memorable exchange that makes fans howl with delight. But all in all, Escape Plan does what it sets out to do.
In February 2017, it was announced that a sequel was then in development with Stallone confirmed to reprise his role as Ray Breslin. In the same report it was revealed that Steven C. Miller would direct the film, with Miles Chapman returning as screenwriter. Dave Bautista, 50 Cent, and Jaime King were cast in the film. In March 2017, the official title was announced as Escape Plan 2: Hades. The film was released direct-to-video on June 29, 2018.
In April 2017, a third film entered the early stages of development with Stallone again signed on to reprise his role as Ray Breslin. The film, Escape Plan: The Extractors, was released direct-to-video on July 2, 2019.
|Plot||When 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.|
|Awards||Awards, 2 nominations|
|Writers||Miles Chapman, Jason Keller|
|Stars||Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent|
|Produced by||Jonathan Abrams,Brandt Andersen,Jeremy Bell,Alexander Boies,Robbie Brenner,Mark Canton,Remington Chase,Kelly Dennis,Randall Emmett,Erik Feig,Maya Fukuzawa,George Furla,Jason Gandhi,Brandon Grimes,Stepan Martirosyan,Jeff Rice,Zack Schiller,Ashley Schlaifer,Geoff Shaevitz,Nicolas Stern,Mark Stewart,Kevin King Templeton,Patrick Wachsberger|
|Music by||Alex Heffes|
|Cinematography by||Brendan Galvin|
|Film Editing by||Elliot Greenberg|
|Casting By||Anne McCarthy,Kellie Roy|
|Production Design by||Barry Chusid|
|Art Direction by||James A. Gelarden,David Lazan|
|Set Decoration by||Bradford Johnson|
|Costume Design by||Lizz Wolf|
|Makeup Department||Kimberly Amacker,Scott H. Eddo,Jack Lazzaro,Yolanda Mercadel,Jami Ross,Rick Stratton,Emily Tatum,Nicole Venables,Clinton Wayne,Amy Wood|
|Production Management||Buddy Enright,Michael P. Flannigan,Meredith Meade,Montez A. Monroe|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Zack Kibbee,David Leitch,Renee Marsella,Tommy Martin,Jayson Merrill,Douglas Plasse,Nick Satriano,Chad Stahelski|
|Art Department||Spencer J. Abadie,Michael Arena,Brian Babineaux,Richard Bennett,Charles Bodenheimer,Rick Broderman,Laurianne Butler-Smith,Michael Paul Castro,Sarah Contant,Saul Cruthirds,True Detetive,Warren Drummond,Will Eastin,Jann K. Engel,Jude Erny,Jack Flynn,Robert ‘Rock’ Galotti,Audrey A. Johnson,Kent H. Johnson,Camile Kelsey,Daniel E. Kiker,George Lee,Andrew H. Lewis,Lindanne Lewis,Jennifer Lewis-Farley,Kyla McFalls,Myron Meek,Danny Nick,Chad Palardy,Gerald Palone,Cory Parker,Alixandra Petrovich,Escape Plan,Excape Plan,Janna Roach,John Sanchez,Mark Seiler,Selfless,Craig Serody,Amy Soto,Paul Stanwyck,Brent Stewart,Chuck Stringer,Mark Sullivan,Charles Tatum,Tommy G. Warren,Barker White,Chris M. Wilson,Tom R. Wilson,Markus Wittmann|
|Sound Department||Jimmy ‘Coach’ Armstrong,Roberto Cappannelli,Jason Dotts,Jesse Ehredt,David Esparza,Justin Herman,Ellen Heuer,Sang Jun Kim,B.J. Lehn,Jordan Lewis,Tim Limer,Travis MacKay,Michael Magill,John D. Matthews,Matthias Neumann,Jamey Osborne,Michael Russo,Richard Schexnayder,Gabriel J. Serrano,Leslie Shatz,Andrii Trifonov,Marc Uddo,Derek Vanderhorst,Mandell Winter,Amanda Ayres|
|Special Effects by||James Alexander,Antonio Carbajo Bescansa,Ron Epstein,Mark Hava,Jay King,Michael Lantieri,Roland Loew,Brad Manis,Bruce Minkus,Christopher L. Wampler|
|Visual Effects by||Mario Afu,Frank Akrong,Jongjun An,Caleb Ashmore,Jeff Atherton,Jarrod Avalos,Derek Babchishin,Michael Balzer,Giorgio Bertolone,Himanshu Bhatia,JC Bond,Cody Brunty,Nicolas Cadorette Vigneau,Ed Chapman,Caleb Clark,Nolan Conrad,Joshua Cordes,Jessica Cuff,Trung Doan,Brent Droog,Josh Elmore,Eddie Englander,Patrick Flannery,Atsuo Fujiwara,Neil Safeer Ghaznavi,Chris Haney,Sara Hansen,Tulio Hernandez,Aaron Herrera,Nicolas Houle,Kishor Joshi,Zack Judson,Ming-Hsiang Kao,James Kawano,Jooyong Lee,Sun Lee,Erwan Leroy,Sharlene Lin,Joaquin Ludewig,Mika Margolles,Yves McCrae,Mare McIntosh,David Michaels,Kurtis Myers,Shoban Narayanan,Torsten Neuendorf,Denise O’Neill,Daniel Ostrov,Eugene Paluso,Matt Pearson,Chris Radcliffe,Mark Rasmussen,Herbert Dwight Raymond IV,Bryce Rieger,Andre Rios,Mariusz Rokicki,Sandy Romero,Harrison Rutherford,Krystal Sae Eua,Joel Sevilla,Kazumasa Shibata,Kevin Shimamoto,Josh Sutherland,Jordan VanDina,Will Wallace,Gregory Watkins,Chris Wells,Grant Wilson,Derek Winslow,Mark Edward Wright,Hui-wen Wu,Yuji Yagasaki,Donmill Yip,Michael Zavala,V. Samundeswari|
|Stunts||Jay Amor,Hank Amos,Asen Asenov,Mbita Bakari,Ted Barba,Hunter Baxley,Tim Bell,John Bernecker,Sean Paul Braud,Jeff Brockton,Trace Cheramie,Arnold Chon,Stephen Conroy,Mark De Alessandro,Josh Diogo,Dino Dos Santos,Eric Ducote,Jared S. Eddo,Jonathan Eusebio,Chris J. Fanguy,Guy Fernandez,Paul Fraser,Robert ‘Rock’ Galotti,Jeff Galpin,Walter Garcia,Regis Harrington,Thayr Harris,Luke Hawx,Casey Hendershot,Daniel Hernandez,Raion Hill,Jorge Longoria,Kortney Manns,Jeremy Marinas,Brian Oerly,Noon Orsatti,Rowbie Orsatti,Michael Ortiz,Michael Papajohn,Casey Pieretti,Freddie Poole,Tom Proctor,Greg Rementer,Felipe Savahge,Aaron Saxton,Erik Schultz,Mike Seal,Jackson Spidell,Greg Sproles,Larnell Stovall,Eric Stratemeier,Ronn Surels,Lucas Swallow,Todd T Taylor,Jim Teachout,William Tilk,Ayhan Tongadur,Jon Valera,Tony Vo,Ryan Ward,Joe Nin Williams,Mike Wilson,Jay Amor,Jeff Brockton,Chris Bryant,Preston Corbell,Mark De Alessandro,Dino Dos Santos,DTeflon,Jared S. Eddo,Alexander Eldimiati,Jonathan Eusebio,Chris J. Fanguy,Blake Edward Frahm,Paul Fraser,Robert ‘Rock’ Galotti,Tyler Gibbs,Russell M. Haeuser,Gene Kevin Hames Jr.,Thayr Harris,’Big’ Jack Little,John R Mangus,Freddie Poole,Alec Rayme,Greg Rementer,Eric R Salas,Felipe Savahge,Erik Schultz,Gunter Simon,Larnell Stovall,Ronn Surels,Jim Teachout,Rich Veazey|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Steve Adcock,Robert Baird,Aaron Barnes,Russell Beard,Hans Bjerno,Kirk Bloom,Durado D. Brooks Jr.,Victor Brunette,Buzzy Burwell,Luke Cauthern,Matt Cipro,Chris Cochran,Brian Dallas,Crystal Dallas,Brandon Dauzat,Nezben Deason,Bryan DeLorenzo,Steve Dietl,Ferdinand Duplantier Jr.,Stephen Early,Travis Elkins,Tracy Estes,Richard Foreman Jr.,Stephen Fouasnon,Mike Grace,Christian Hardy,Zachary Holmes,Richard T. Hoover,Paul Hughen,Tom Hutchinson,Kyle Bono Kaplan,Michael D. Kennedy,Steven Krul,Richard Lacy,Pete Lavaty,Justin LeBlanc,Josh Levy,Joshua Lilly,Kevin Luster,Scott Luttrell,Duane Charles Manwiller,Alan Markfield,Bryce Marshall,Bradley Martin,Nick Masters,James Trapper McEvoy,Christopher TJ McGuire,Mason McGuire,Dan McKee,Aeron McKeough,Jody Miller,Jonathan Morrill,Robert Morrison,Chad Naremore,Nick Nicolay,Jaim O’Neil,Josh Oliver,Frank Parrish,Max Patrucco,Sam Pearcy,D.J. Phillips,Pete Romano,Andy Ryan,Jimi Ryan,Mike Satterfield,Derek A. Schwebel,Codie Scott,Joshua Sepe,Brielyn Sexeny,Zachary Sieffert,Charles Simons,Brian Stegeman,Joe Sökmen,Chad Taylor,Karina Teismann,Jonathan Terpstra,Bryan Toye,Jeffery J. Tufano,Trevor Tufano,Jesse Valenzuela,Adam Ward,Jordan Whaley,Dan Wyssmann,Andy Young,Arthur Zajac,Steve Zeiger|
|Animation Department||T.J. Burke|
|Casting Department||Chris Bustard,Alicia Connelly,Patty Connolly,Ryan Glorioso,Wayne Morse,Morgan Robbins,Mark Sussman|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Rebecca G. Autin,Lois DeArmond,Linda Gardar,Krista Guggia,Danielle Halikias,Christy Hebert,Juliana Hoffpauir,Jennifer Kamrath,Molly Kamrath,Kizzie Autumn Martin,Mustapha Mimis,Lauren Nicotera,Gali Noy,John H. Smith,Jeff Stanton,Stacee Vatanapan,Alan Villanueva,John Wrightson|
|Editorial Department||Alexis Cadorette-Vigneau,Rob Doolittle,Beau J. Genot,David B. Hall,Lionel Kopp,Illya Laney,Kit Lubold,Taylor Mahony,Kelly McCall,Blair Miller,John Ott,Disha Patel-Webb,Sebastian Perez-Burchard,Matt Tassone,Frederik Bokkenheuser|
|Location Management||Katherine Dolese,Charlie French,Lisa Latter|
|Music Department||Joseph Bonn,James T. Hill,Graham Kennedy,Season Kent,Tommy Laurence,T.J. Lindgren,Brian Mahoney,Phil McGowan,Dave Metzger,New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,Matt Robertson,Nigel Scott,Hilary Skewes,Roger Suen,John Ashton Thomas|
|Script and Continuity Department||Nancy Breaux,Mary Frances Eglin,Debbie Estay,Alexander B. Hill,Sandy Parker|
|Transportation Department||Christie Chaplin,Jayson Ehlers,Chris Lombard,Buddy Pine,Kevin Sieve,Dexter P. Smith,Daniel Woodcock,Dave Woodcock|
|Additional Crew||Robert Abramoff,Michael Ackerman,Carmen Acosta,Omar Adam,D’Arcy Allen,Anthony Batarse,John Beckham,Justin Begnaud,Bruce Benson,Steve Berman,Chelsea Bo,Beau Brasseaux,Gregg Brilliant,George Brooks,Christian Brown,Jennifer Brown,Tracy Browne,Dottie Buck,Kris Butler,Jared Carter,Clay Chamberlin,Elizabeth Chambers,Katherine S. Chang,Felder Charbonnet,Timothy Coggins,James Connell,Patty Connolly,Grant Cramer,Joshua Dausch,John R.C. Davis,Eddie De Harp,Chelsea Donison,Cole Dupepe,Dillon Eddo,Alexander Eldimiati,Ashley T. Farrell,Hazen S. Finnerty Jr.,Cliff Fleming,Cory Fleming,Jonathan Ford,Matthew Ford,Mike Ford,Alison J. Forest,Samuel Foster,Blake Edward Frahm,Paul Fraser,Mark Frazier,Julie Gallagher,Robert ‘Rock’ Galotti,Christopher Gilbertson,Shane Grady,Gina Granger,Bill Grantham,Terri Greening,Natalie Haft,P.J. Haines,Derek Hall,Justin M. Hamilton,E.J. Hanhart,Chris Harvey,Tamara Henderson,Charlie Hollinger,Kent H. Johnson,Meg Alsfeld Kaul,Jared Kimball,Gabe King,John Kirby,Jerry Lambert,John Landers,Brian C. Lauziere,Nathon S. Lewis,Sean Lynn,Callie Martin,Tim Martin,Jean McDowell,Steven Michell,Justin Miller,Randall Montgomery,Kat Mullaly,David Murto,Joey Naber,Hani Al Naimi,Ian D. Navran,Crystal Neel,Jonathan Nichols,Phillip Noorani,Andrew Norman,Alan Novak,Jay Osterman,Katie Weiss Porter,Daniel Rbibo,Scott Robinson,Charles Ross,Adam Ryan,J. Celeste Salzer,Hamzah Saman,Tyler Samardick,John T. Scanlon,Lester B. Schellinger IV,Neeta Shah,Blair Skinner,Maynard Smith,Jean Song,Nick Spetsiotis,George J. Steiner Jr.,Timothy C. Sullivan,Mark Sussman,Darion Taylor,Alexis Tippin,Michael J. Urann,Rich Veazey,Chris Vogels,Ilia Volok,Walter von Huene,Nicole Williams,Eric Scott Williamson,Amy Denning Winfrey,Ryan Wooley,Robert ‘Rock’ Galotti,Lance Julian,Madisun Leigh|
|Thanks||Martin Blencowe,Richard Blencowe,Dama Claire,Justin Holecek,Chris Lighty|
|Companies||Summit Entertainment, Mark Canton Productions, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFO Films)|
|Languages||English, German, Arabic, Urdu|