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Daniel M. Kimmel’s “Review—Escape Plan” Keeps It Real and Quiet

In response to Daniel M. Kimmel’s 532‑word review of Escape Plan on New England Movies Weekly

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Daniel M. Kimmel’s “Review – Escape Plan” follows a safe and satisfying trajectory in dealing with Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s latest film: gentle enjoyment and no illusion.

Where Kimmel differs from his contemporaries is in seeing the plot as “clever” at the same time as being “preposterous” with “loopholes” and unbelievable coincidences.” Cognitive dissonance often results when a person loves something they shouldn’t. The recipe for such a state is just to watch the film. This, according to Kimmel, allows you to gloss over it’s many flaws, thanks to the dynamic performances of the leads.

The escape clause in all of this craziness, of course, is the genre itself. But this is a misstep on Kimmel’s part. He’s reviewing a prison break film, not an action film. While films like The Rock had plots so silly they could have been scrap paper from the recycling bin stapled at random by chimps, most of them require tension and suspense based on good plotting. Action movies? Not so much. But, as the title infers, “Escape” is not about breaking out with machine guns blaring.

Perhaps it’s just the fun of seeing old timers try and do action films (another genre, done better by Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in Tough Guys, back when Sly and Arnie were kings of the screen). Perhaps those warm and fuzzies for Predator and First Blood have a stranglehold on Kimmel.

Nothing is so tedious as another man’s nostalgia, or so the story goes, and yet every year the movies are flooded with proof to the contrary.    

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