Valdosta Daily Times


October 25, 2013

'Fifth Estate' is third-rate entertainment



Ray Breslin (Stallone) breaks out of prisons for a living. He is an authority on structural security. His skills are put to the test after he is hired to escape a governmental prison that is supposedly an escape-proof facility. Breslin quickly realizes someone does not want him to leave this new prison. Incarcerated with no chance of escape, Breslin devises a plan to flee a prison he helped design. He needs to find the person who incarcerated him, but he will need help. Enter Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), a fellow inmate. The two men must outsmart the prison’s warden, Hobbs (Caviezel), to survive.
Action plots rarely have solid plots, but they try. Few succeed. Add this one to that list.
“Escape Plan” is entertaining, but its plot becomes messy. However, it does provide enough entertainment that many will not care that the plot is unbelievable. In addition, characters’ motives are lacking throughout this screenplay. It entertains, although the motives to see it are not pressing. 
Grade: C (A partial escape.)

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