The Escapist

The Escapist

DVD - 2010
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Frank Perry is a tough lifer determined to bust out of a London penitentiary to see his terminally ill daughter before she dies. But first he'll have to assemble a hardcore crew, battle the brutal prison kingpin, and pull off one of the most daring and suspenseful escapes in movie history.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : IFC Films : MPI Media Group, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780788612077
0788612077
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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CrewCutKen
Jul 15, 2018

A career criminal seeks redemption for himself, his family, and his friends by busting out of a penitentiary in this intelligent thriller. Frank (Brian Cox) is a criminal who was forced to leave his wife and six-year-old daughter behind when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Frank openly acknowledges he was guilty and has made his peace with life behind bars, but when he learns that a drug overdose has left his daughter seriously ill, he feels a powerful need to reconnect with his family, and his only option is to escape. Knowing he can't do it alone, Frank assembles a team from various factions of the prison population, including Viv (Seu Jorge), who makes and deals drugs from his cell; Lenny (Joseph Fiennes), a wiry tough guy who doesn't speak if he can avoid it; and Lacey (Dominic Cooper), Frank's new cellmate who is a white-collar criminal not cut out for prison life. Frank soon realizes if his plan is to work, he'll have to bring aboard some of the more dangerous and unpredictable members of the prison's community, including vicious and corrupt brothers Rizza (Damian Lewis) and Tony (Steven Mackintosh). The Escapist was the first feature film from writer and director Rupert Wyatt.

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ausnos
Jul 14, 2018

This film was all over the map, which is not really a good thing. I hate it when, as a viewer, I am trying to comprehend what is happening in one timeline when it jumps to the next, and back again! What is wrong with just sticking to a basic path, from past to present? Merging the two, especially on a continuous basis, can get confusing and annoying; thus this is the lion's share of my contempt for the overall film.

However, there were some good elements, like the actual escape segments, but it really should have all blended together better, you know?

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tenet
Jun 29, 2014

Subject matter of the movie didn't appeal to me.

bears1985 Mar 05, 2014

At times slow but when you step back as a whole this is a very good movie

voisjoe1 Jun 03, 2012

Bryan Cox stars as an aging prisoner that wants to escape to be able to talk to his daughter after receiving the first letter from her after many, many years. This movie is composed of two types of flashbacks, one very far in the past and the other the recent past. It tells the story of one real prison break combined with one imaginary prison break. I'm not sure the trouble of sorting all of the above out is really worth the effort expended. Cox did get a major BAFTA award for his great acting.

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waimanau
May 18, 2011

A low-budget yet grittily cool prison break movie with an unexpected twist. Brian Cox (Frank Perry) gave a pitch-perfect performance. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you like masculine indie film, give this a try & you won't be disappointed. See it.

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bdls206
Apr 05, 2011

I enjoyed the movie even though it was a bit slow. The acting in this film was good, and it is matched with a good script that seems to maintain the whole essence of a "prison" movie while remaining to stay fresh. I would recommend this movie to fans of the first season of Prison Break, and fans of The Shawshank Redemption. This is by no means a must see movie, but it is worth checking out.

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elcycad
Sep 28, 2010

Good plot...good acting, but they didn't know how to end it properly. They Deliberately confused the audience without being plausible,but one only dicovers this at the end

sit_walk May 29, 2010

Actually @joseph, it's pretty easy to follow and has a satisfyingly emotional punch -- going well beyond what you get from most "caper" movies.

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joseph
Feb 26, 2010

Skip It – The Escapist (2008) 102 min. Don’t bother with this prison film out of Britain – it’s confusing and unsatisfying. The reason for the confusion is that the viewer is unaware of whether the narrative, about a group of prisoners planning and executing a prison break, is in real time or not. Sometimes they’re in the tunnels on their way to an escape and the next scene; they’re back in their cells. The ending is supposed to clarify the confusing story telling but by that end, who cares.

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bdls206
Apr 05, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Apr 05, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 05, 2011

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bdls206
Apr 05, 2011

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists - misfits with unique skills required for their daring plan and united by desire to escape their hell hole of an existence. Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London.

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bdls206
Apr 05, 2011

Rizza: You know the one thing you've got going for you, Frank? You're too old to die young.

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