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Escape Plan | 2013 | R | - 2.6.9

A specialist in prison security (Sylvester Stallone) is put to the test in a state-of-the-art prison. Also with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Faran Tahir, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Matt Gerald and 50 Cent. Directed by Mikael Håfström. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman invites a man to dinner and he accepts.
 A man makes a sexually suggestive remark about another man's mother accompanied by a suggestive hand gesture (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man makes a kissing sound to another man as he walks through a prison common area. A man touches the top of another man's head while looking over his shoulder at a computer screen (it's not clear what was implied).
 A man draws a line, the profile of nude buttocks, with an arrow pointing to the area of the anus, during an interrogation session. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals her upper chest and no cleavage is visible. A man wears a tank T-shirt that reveals bare upper chest and shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man on a helicopter fights with two armed guards: we see blurry action and we hear the thuds of punches landing, and then one guard stabs the man repeatedly in the stomach (we hear crunching) and kicks him out of the helicopter (we hear the man scream as he falls and we see the guard with blood on his face).
 A large prison fight breaks out and we see inmates fighting each other and guards with punches and guards hit the inmates with clubs and open fire on them (we see some men struck and fall without much blood shown); several guards are shot (there's no evident blood) and one man is shot multiple times and we see the bloody wounds. A man is shot at point blank range (we hear the gunshot and do not see the aftermath).
 A gun battle between guards and an armed helicopter leaves many guards dead and bloody.
 A man is held on the floor by four prison guards while one of them turns on a hose and pours water into the man's mouth (the man struggles and thrashes) and when the man is let go, he lies motionless for a moment before coughing up water.
 A man stabs another man in the leg (we hear a crunch) and we see him in an infirmary as a doctor cleans the wound and stitches him up (we see the open wound and the bloody area); when the doctor puts the needle into the man's flesh (we see the needle go through), the man falls off the table and thrashes on the floor from the pain. A man is tasered and put into a van (he groans and twitches); he is scanned and another man cuts the man's arm open using a box cutter, pulls something out of the open wound (we see blood and the knife opening the cut in the arm) and crushes it.
 A man in a glass cell is awakened repeatedly by guards pounding on the glass; the guards enter his cell and beat him with clubs repeatedly and we see the effects of sleep deprivation as this continues for some time (he loses focus and can't seem to concentrate and we see him collapse a few times).
 A man jumps a guard and they fight; the guard pulls a knife and they continue to fight until he drops the knife and they kick and punch each other; one hits the other with a metal pole and the man struck falls down a flight of stairs and breaks his neck (we hear a loud crunch and see him lying motionless with blood pooling around his head). Two men fight in a prison common area and we see them punching and shoving each other until on stabs the other in the shoulder (we hear a crunch and the victim yells); prison guards yell, pull their guns and take the first inmate to solitary confinement. Two prison guards with clubs beat an inmate until he is bloody; he is kicked and punched repeatedly, and then shoved to his knees in a common area where other inmates watch as he is beaten until he falls unconscious (we see a very bloody head and face). A man breaks another man's hand and punches him (we see him with a bloody nose) until another man tells him to back away. A man punches another man in the face and he falls back onto a table; the two men continue to fight with punches to the stomach and face and one man is flipped and slammed to the floor until they are both tasered by guards and thrown into small cages with bright lights shining on them (we see the men sweat drenched and pale later from dehydration). A man is beaten and dragged away. After a man makes a sexually suggestive remark about another man's mother accompanied by a suggestive hand gesture, the other man attacks him and they fight with punches until they are tasered by guards and put in cages with bright lights shining on them (we see the men suffering from the heat and the brightness; one man yells, "You're killing me" and seems to be having a breakdown. A man is shown with a bruised eye from a beating (we do not see the beating). A man is shown with a bloody chest wound but seems OK.
 A man climbing a ladder into a helicopter is shot at while another man inside the helicopter is shot in the shoulder. A helicopter opens fire on a ship's bridge and the men inside fall to the floor for cover (we don's see anyone hit by bullets, but windows shatter and debris is thrown).
 A car in a parking lot explodes as the driver walks away from it and we see the vehicle burst into flames (no one is injured). Several barrels of flammable liquid are ignited and explode and we see a man's body, in flames, flop onto the floor.
 A man falls from a ladder into a compartment filled with water (he's OK). Inmates held in cages panic and yell when the cages begin to fill with water (they are released and are unharmed). A man stuck in a water tank is flushed out and into a body of water. A man falls unconscious when he is held with a sedative drenched cloth over his face; he wakes up in a car inside a large metal container and he screams.
 Police with weapons drawn surround a man who broke out of a prison. We see many inmates held in glass cubicles and being watched over by many armed guards and huge CCTV cameras in several scenes. A prison inmate is strapped into a chair and questioned.
 It is implied that a man's wife and child were killed. A man says "I'm gonna kill you... I'm gonna rip your eyes out and cut off your [anatomical term deleted] and shave them." A prison inmate asks another prison inmate, "You wanna get your head smashed?" A prison inmate tells another prison inmate that "a guy is gonna jump him." A woman tells a man that she is a lawyer assuming that the profession has a negative connotation. People talk about someone disappearing "off the grid." People talk about inmates that "should not be sent back into the world." A man talks about a prison inmate being killed and that "The last time they killed a man in here, they let his body rot for three days." A man tells another man "You don't look that smart." A man tells another man to "Break Breslin." A man tells another man "I will pull the life out of you." A man asks another man, "You wanna die?"
 A man is injected in the neck with a hypodermic needle twice. A prison inmate is shown with tribal tattoos on his bald head. A man licks a bolt and spits. A man tears a page out of a Bible and burns it.
 A man vomits into a medical tray (we hear him gag) and a doctor asks him, "You swallowed clotting powder?"


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LANGUAGE 9 - About 47 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 1 sexual reference, 9 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory racial remarks, 1 derogatory term for gay people, name-calling (wise [anatomical term deleted], dog, freak of nature, vegetarian, yahoos, evil, duck, hives, Louisa, fat, rats, chicken man, devil, white trash, fruit cake, you are not user friendly), exclamations (shut-up), religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God Forgive Me, a Lord's prayer is recited, I Seek God, God, God is Great, Thank God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is injected in the neck with a hypodermic needle (a sedative) twice, and a man talks to another man about an Opium drug cartel. A man drinks a shot of whiskey. Two prison guards are seen smoking cigarettes outside the facility in a couple of scenes, and a man holds a box of cigarettes, looks at it and puts it back in his pocket.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Prison security, prison breaks, wasting time, betrayal, ambition, greed, inevitability, torture, sleep deprivation, privately owned prisons, habit, trust, control, ratting out your friends, The Hippocratic Oath, death of family.

MESSAGE - Don't give up. Sometimes it's hard to know whom to trust. Always have a plan B.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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