Stallone is one of my biggest inspiration through Rocky, I believe it could be said the same for most of the people that lived through the Rocky ages. However, those days already long gone. While he is actually never considered as a really great actor, but he certainly has a quality act when his muscle couldn’t put him in action movies any longer (ex: Rocky Balboa). Sly pit himself more to a B list actor nowadays. Through the Escape Plan trilogies, which meet with horrendous reception from critics, pros and amateurs alike.
While the first installment is quite interesting, also arguably entertaining because we have two iconic action movie star; Stallone and Schwarzenegger, the 2nd movie is an abomination. It is no surprise then if we wondering why the hell did they make a third movie? Anyway, the plot is more or less a cliché.
The first movie antagonist has a son, Lester Clark Jr. (Devon Sawa) and sets a plan for revenge to his father enemies. Lester than kidnapped the daughter of wealthy Chinese businessman, Daya Zhang (Malese Jow) and to make matters personal for Stallone character, Ray Breslin, they also kidnap Breslin lover, Abigail Ross (Jaime King). Breslin then pulls out his “Escape Plan” to pull out the two important woman from the underground labyrinth called ‘Devil’s Station’, accompanied by his previous cronies as well, Trent DeRosa (Dave Bautista), Hush (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) and some addition from the Chinese side, Shen Lo (Max Zhang) and Bao Yung (Harry Shum).
‘Escape Plan’ tries to make this iteration interesting but fail miserably. The action is nothing spectacular, it’s basically a typical action that you would see from most of the straight to DVDs. Even with the muscle fest actor that they bought and the martial artist, the brawl and fight scene is nothing more than just punch, shoot, hug, dead. Repeating the cliché all over the place. And then we have the interaction among the actors. It’s bland. Feel like a forced dialogue for just a mean to move the plot forward. They even put some ‘jokes’ in the movie that certainly doesn’t make anyone laugh.
If I put it in perspective, Escape Plan 3 is just another attempt of a quick cash grab from the Chinese investor. Hence we see a lot of Chinese actor/actress and Chinese element here and there. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem at all with Chinese invested movies. What do I have problem is, why they even bother creating this movie? It’s a pain to watch, moreover, its approve nothing really. The first movie is able to gain substantial revenue from its budget, the second? A disaster. While this third attempt is arguably better than the second but for the revenue? I think it will follow the later. Definitely not deserving a third chance.