Escape Plan (15) ***

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Prison escape meets buddy movie as Stallone and Schwarzenegger team up to escape a state-of-the-art penitentiary.

Escape Plan is an undeniable guilty pleasure, energized by breathless direction and a script co-written by Miles Chapman and Arnell Jesko that keeps us on our toes.

Double trouble ' Schwarzenegger and Stallone team up in action movie Escape Plan.

Double trouble ' Schwarzenegger and Stallone team up in action movie Escape Plan.

Structural engineer and security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) tests prisons’ security by breaking out of them.Returning from his latest job, Ray’s partner, Lester Clark (Vincent D’Onofrio), organises a meeting with CIA agent Jessica Miller (Caitriona Balfe). She offers five million dollars if Ray will abandon his usual protocols and go deep undercover in a top secret prison.

Ray accepts the job but quickly realises that he has been set up and is imprisoned for real under the watchful glare of sadistic warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) and his murderous henchman, Drake (Vinnie Jones).

Ray befriends fellow inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) and on-site medic Dr Kyrie (Sam Neill), and a daring plan takes shape.

Escape Plan makes light work of the 115-minute running time with thrilling breakouts and gruff perfomances from its musclebound leads.

The pacing is brisk and a neat sting in the tail that proves this film has brains as well as plenty of brawn.