The Escapist

The Escapist

The Escapist

Frank (Brian Cox) is an old man in jail for life, a concept that he’s okay with… until now. He gets a letter informing him that his much loved daughter is critically ill after an overdose. Frank's got to see her, and plots a jail break. He recruits Drake (Joseph Fiennes), Brodie (Liam Cunningham) and Viv (Seu Jorge) for a daring escape. But can they pull it off under the nose of vengeful top con Rizza (Damian Lewis)?

200899 minsUK, Ireland
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

The institution at the center of this film is a decaying old-school prison with heavy keys and paint flaking off the bars, and seemingly run by the ginger mafia. There’s no bullet-proof glass or high-tech surveillance here, just the same elements and familiar archetypes that made The Shawshank Redemption and even The Great Escape, well, great.

4.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Opening with a close-up of Brian Cox’s wonderfully craggy face and Leonard Cohen’s ‘The Partisan’ on the soundtrack, prison movie The Escapist promises much... It doesn’t quite deliver on that set-up, but deserves kudos for ambition and intensity.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation.

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Not for all tastes, but if you ever wished that Guy Ritchie could re-capture his initial potential, The Escapist is a good fix.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Grim and brutal prison drama's massive twist feels like a cop-out.

2.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Lusciously shot, and economical in the edit, i found by the closing credits I had rather enjoyed The Escapist.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It makes for an unexpectedly welcome form of dramatic escape: the character study breaking free from a hoary old movie genre.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

All of this mayhem keeps us watching, but it would be hard to describe the experience as pleasurable.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

At last, a British crime movie that’s as good as its pitch sounds: Brian Cox trying to break out of prison. Do you need to know any more to want to see it?

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is a highly recommended thriller.

4.0
Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

The institution at the center of this film is a decaying old-school prison with heavy keys and paint flaking off the bars, and seemingly run by the ginger mafia. There’s no bullet-proof glass or high-tech surveillance here, just the same elements and familiar archetypes that made The Shawshank Redemption and even The Great Escape, well, great.

4.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Opening with a close-up of Brian Cox’s wonderfully craggy face and Leonard Cohen’s ‘The Partisan’ on the soundtrack, prison movie The Escapist promises much... It doesn’t quite deliver on that set-up, but deserves kudos for ambition and intensity.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation.

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Not for all tastes, but if you ever wished that Guy Ritchie could re-capture his initial potential, The Escapist is a good fix.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Grim and brutal prison drama's massive twist feels like a cop-out.

2.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Lusciously shot, and economical in the edit, i found by the closing credits I had rather enjoyed The Escapist.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It makes for an unexpectedly welcome form of dramatic escape: the character study breaking free from a hoary old movie genre.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

All of this mayhem keeps us watching, but it would be hard to describe the experience as pleasurable.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

At last, a British crime movie that’s as good as its pitch sounds: Brian Cox trying to break out of prison. Do you need to know any more to want to see it?

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is a highly recommended thriller.

4.0

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