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Escape Plan also known as “The Tomb”

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language throughout.

Reviewed by: Raphael Vera
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Extremely Offensive
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Adults Teens
Genre:
Action Thriller Drama
Length:
1 hr. 56 min.
Year of Release:
2013
USA Release:
October 18, 2013 (wide—2,750+ theaters)
DVD: February 4, 2014
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prisons in the Bible

Featuring: Sylvester StalloneBreslin
Arnold SchwarzeneggerRottmayer
James CaviezelHobbes
Faran Tahir … Javed
Amy Ryan … Abigail
Sam NeillDr. Kyrie
Vincent D’Onofrio … Lester Clark
Vinnie Jones … Drake
Matt Gerald … Roag
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson … Hush
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Director: Mikael Håfström
Producer: EFF
Emmett/Furla Films
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Distributor: Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate

“The most secure prison ever built. No one breaks out alone.”

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is not only in prison, but finds himself in the high security wing of the Bendwater Federal Penitentiary. No matter, as he soon escapes right from under the watchful eyes and ears of security cameras, guards and manned tower lookouts. But appearances can be deceiving and for Ray this is all in a days’ work, as he is actually a high priced security expert hired to test our nations prisons by breaking out of them.

Breslin’s security firm comes to the attention of the CIA who wish to test their latest “escape proof” prison, and who else to test it than the man who wrote the book. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when Ray is incarcerated, the warden who was supposed to know this is only a test doesn’t exist, and he finds himself committed for the rest of his life. Fortunately, Breslin isn’t the only one who doesn’t belong, and he soon teams up with a fellow inmate named Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), and the two begin to plan an impossible escape.

Objectionable Content

Violence: Extreme. People are stabbed, shot, beaten near to death, thrown out of a plane, tortured by intense heat and water-boarded. Blood from injuries are commonplace and profuse, and Doctor Kyrie (Sam Neill in a crucial role) is shown sewing up Breslin’s wound.

Language: Extreme. The “F” word is used about 54x’s, the “S” word (8), SOB and it’s variant (2), A__ (5), it’s even more offensive variant A___h___ (4), a euphemism for male genitals (1), the gutter version of “prostitute” (1), and the Lord’s name is taken in vain (3). In lieu of a curse, the middle finger is employed twice.

Sex/Nudity: Moderate. A drawing of a butt is shown, and a sex act is simulated as an insult. Breslin’s business partner Abigail (Amy Ryan) implies at the beginning of the film that Ray will be spending the night at her place, but nothing is further said nor is any sex or nudity shown.

On the plus side, during a torture scene involving Rottmayer, he prays aloud in German, understood via sub titles, unfortunately this is obscenely offset by Breslin using the Bible as a mere prop during one of his escapes, made all the more evident when he casually throws it down on the floor and starts ripping out pages to use to gain his freedom. Sadly, the only people seen turning to God in this movie are Muslim inmates performing their daily prayers, when in reality many in prison do take their tragic situation to find our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Lessons

Ray tries to enlist the prison doctor’s help by reminding him of the Hippocratic oath (“… I will keep them [my patients] from harm and injustice”), and Dr. Kyrie is seen visibly wrestling with his conscience as compared to warden Hobbes (James Caviezel) who inflicts pain on the inmates with seemingly no qualms about it. How great is our God, who, in his infinite wisdom, has given all mankind a conscience and will recognize those that choose to heed it.

“Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves… since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.” (Romans 2:14-15)

After they try and break Breslin’s will by constantly beating him, he confesses to Rottmayer why he escapes from prisons for a living. Breslin was once a lawyer, and a man he prosecuted broke out and took his revenge on his family making him realize that, “… taking a man’s life is nothing, taking his heart that’s everything, isn’t it?.” Of course, Ray is right and the devil, who does have power here on Earth, has always sought to lure men’s hearts away from God and towards him, and he will do anything, be it through enticements or tragedies, to accomplish this. The Word of God speaks volumes on the dangers of this spiritual warfare.

“Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10)

“Those who oppose him [the Lord’s servant] he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)

“Escape Plan” is a formulaic and paced film that suffers several lulls, as it spends most of its time in the planning and staging phase before the action begins, making it more like other escape films rather than the action movies we’ve come to associate with either Stallone or Schwarzenegger. An interesting film that fans of both stars will enjoy, more so than their recent efforts (“Bullet to the Head,” “The Last Stand”), but a film whose offensive content I cannot recommend to fellow Christians or for that matter any discerning filmgoer looking for an edifying afternoon.

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Moderate

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Positive
Positive—I just want you to know that I really love prison break movies, including “The Next Three Days,” “The Fugitive,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” and even the TV show “Prison Break.” I will say, for a prison break film, this one did not disappoint. Granted, I was disappointed by the foul language in the film, but, in my opinion, it was no worse off than “The Shawshank Redemption” which had more f-words than I could count. The reality is, prisons do house people who swear a lot, and violence is quite common there. I don’t condone the film’s use of language and violence, but you can’t make real prisons any cleaner either.

I will say that the Bible does have only two instances where God sanctioned a real prison break, and both can be found in the book of Acts. My recommendation on this film is only for Christians who are grounded in God’s word and are not as bothered by profanity.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Paul, age 21 (USA)
Positive—Fans of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be pleased with ESCAPE PLAN, their first non-Expendables team up, and it is literally a fight for survival. Jim Caviezel (“Angel Eyes,” Alexandre Dumas in “The Count Of Monte Cristo,” “The Passion Of The Christ,” CBS” hit crime drama PERSON OF INTEREST), Vincent D'Onofrio (“Full Metal Jacket,” “Law And Order: Criminal Intent”), 50 Cent (don’t know who he is), Amy Ryan and Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park,” “Merlin”) co-star. To say anymore would prove disastrous to your enjoyment of the film.

I will say that there is strong violence and language, which is thankfully not on the level of “Scarface” (1983). Refreshingly, there is no misuse of God’s Name. I recommend the film, if you can handle the violence and profanity.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—D, age 27 (USA)
Negative
Negative—I hate this movie, and I hope Christians shall boycott it. This leftist pile of nonsense hates America and American values while promoting those of our enemies. The movie literally begins with the uber leftist Stallone (The man is actually against the ownership of weapons, and he makes these movies.) rips out the pages of the Bible. In another scene, he drops the Bible on the ground like a trash. I treat my Bible like my daughter—very carefully and gently.

The CIA is the enemy. The enemy are the good guys. The people who are incarcerated in these prisons are almost heroic in moral stance and disposition. In reality, these kinds of “black” prisons house people who broke the Geneva Conventions by killing civilians, do not wear a uniform, etc. The Geneva Convention does allow for the immediate execution of these genocidal killers, but, in this movie, they are nice guys who deserve our sympathy. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I HATE this movie. I pray every night that this country moves back to the side of G-d.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Thomas, age old enough (USA)
Negative—Nice to see Stallone and Arnold together, but the political agenda made this movie a real bad one. It was a thriller that often defies logic, but acceptable. It’s probably an allegory of Guantanamo Bay prison, while in the real prison Muslim inmates are being treated humanely, the popular media image is that it’s a waterboarding, violent torture—prison. The film uses anti-American, leftist political agenda, respectful to Muslims but tossing the Christianity down—like Stallone tears the pages of the Bible and tossing it down. A violent Muslim terrorist is portrayed as a courageous self-sacrificing man later in the film. Typical hypocrisy of the popular media.

So I do not recommend this movie, sadly the good Christian people’s silence to these types of movies are promoting the anti-Christian pro-Muslim agenda in mainstream and popular media.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Cyril Thomas, age 32 (United Kingdom)
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—As a Christian I’m disappointed Sylvester and Arnold would alienate their Christian fan base by using profanity and disrespecting God’s word, His Bible. Christians must stand together and show our combined strength by not supporting this movie. Hopefully, Sylvester and Arnold will consider us on their next movie!!!
—Padre Bill, age 56 (USA)

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