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)?

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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
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
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
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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

2.0
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
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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
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
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is a highly recommended thriller.

4.0
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
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
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
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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

2.0
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
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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
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
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is a highly recommended thriller.

4.0
0

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