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Actors: Steven Mackintosh, Brian Cox, Liam Cunningham, Joseph Fiennes, Damian Lewis
Director: Robert Wyatt;Rupert Wyatt
Genres: Action & Adventure
5 men. 4 walls. 1 plan. — The jailbreak genre has a new white-knuckle classic: Brian Cox of Zodiac and The Bourne Supremacy stars as convict Frank Perry, a tough lifer determined to bust out of a London penitentiary to see ... more »
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Excellent prison story with a great performance by Cox
One-Line Film Reviews | Easton, MD | 12/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Bottom Line:
I was lucky enough to catch The Escapist on Pay-per-view in a hotel room and I can report that it's really quite a story, wonderfully shot and acted with a surprise ending that doesn't feel like it cheats the audience and holds legitimate emotional power; if you like good films and can find The Escapist playing somewhere, by all means check it out.
Prison Drama With a Twist
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 01/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Escapist" is a thriller about Frank Perry (Brian Cox), a tough lifer determined to bust out of a London penitentiary to see his terminally ill daughter before she dies. First, however, he'll have to assemble a hardcore crew, battle the brutal prison kingpin, and pull off a daring, suspenseful escape. Director Rupert Wyatt cuts back and forth between the escape in progress and the days leading up to it.
Prison films are not new, but "The Escapist" manages to make a familiar plot fresh thanks to well-written characterizations and a terrific performance by Brian Cox. The success or failure of a prison escape flick depends on whether we care about the characters, and Cox, along with Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Dominic Cooper, Steven Mackintosh, and Damian Lewis, provide solid portrayals. The twist here is that the escape plot is motivated by a man longing to see his dying child one last time. Also, the film contains a climactic secret that is unexpected and actually works. There are no bonus extras in this bare-bones Widescreen release."