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'Escape Plan' review: Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger shine in old-school action flick

Leave it to Sly and Arnie to keep the old-school action-adventure alive. Their latest outing “Escape Plan” is almost antiquated compared to today’s action films, but you know what? We needed it. “Escape Plan” is a throwback to the well-executed, tongue-in-cheek actioners of the early ‘90s.Directed by Mikael Håfström, “Escape Plan” works for a number of low-brow reasons. It immediately sets its own preposterous rules. Then, thankfully the script, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, exists entirely within its own ridiculous confines, never breaking its rules. This keeps the audience invested, no matter how silly it becomes and results in tremendous fun. Lately, action movies have either been far too serious for their own good or unbelievably stupid. “Escape Plan” is neither. It’s just light, funny and exciting with its many escape setups and executions.Stallone is Ray Breslin, an expert on maximum security prison protocols. His job is to be imprisoned undercover in the strongest jails i...

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