guys Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger acquit themselves
admirably in this brutal thriller about escape from what seems to be an
impossibly secure prison, headed by warden Jim Caviezel. Whatís
unfortunate is that director Mikael HŚfstrŲm inserts absurdly violent
torture and fights in which the victims irresponsibly are shown
suffering little or no lasting damage, looking unmarked and movie-star
coifed in the very next scenes, after suffering blows that would kill
any ordinary mortal, or at least put him in the hospital for many
months. Despite this, the story provides good escapist tension.
supporting cast is quite good for a movie like this, highlighted by
another fine performance by Sam Neill, who has yet to disappoint me. But
movies like this live or die by the action and number of bullets
spraying all over the place and the stunts. The bullets and stunts donít
really occur until the climax that strains credulity to the breaking
point, even including what is becoming the obligatory shots of the star
hanging on a rope ladder to a helicopter flying away but shooting and
hitting the bad guys.
regrettable that a movie that had built quite a bit of credibility
stoops to such a hackneyed ending. But thatís not enough to ruin the
evening. This is an entertaining couple of hours.