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Todd Jorgenson Takes Character Analysis Hostage in “Escape Plan”

In response to Todd Jorgenson’s 372‑word review of Escape Plan on

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Todd Jorgenson fails to recognize the needs of the audience in his latest work “Escape Plan.”

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are names that everybody knows, and the general reader will be curious about their performances. The only bone thrown to the actors by Jorgenson is a bit of math. If one wasn’t aware that the leads are a bit older, the critic clears everything up with basic addition skills.

The opening statement of Jorgenson’s Escape Plan is decent, and he offers a tiny bit of humor for the reader to enjoy. It’s a fresh start, and one will tremble with anticipation as they await thoughts on the film’s stars. Look somewhere else, reader, because Jorgenson will not be offering any type of commentary on the characters. He does state, however,  that they “aren’t interesting characters, just tough guys,” so one has that tiny bit of insight to contemplate.

Jorgenson’s Escape Plan is equally nasty to the supporting characters who are noted as “capable players,” which essentially says that they are actors.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of Jorgenson’s Escape Plan is the critic’s clear frustration with the script, and failure to extend a hand to the reader by explaining why it is so bad. Jorgenson comes across as one who is angry, and doesn’t feel the need to explain why.

Jorgenson’s Escape Plan could certainly be improved by one single image given there is little for the reader to consume. It’s a frustratingly meager experience on both they eyes and the mind.    

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