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Jackie K. Cooper’s “Escape Plan” Is Escapist Critique

In response to Jackie K. Cooper’s 440‑word review of Escape Plan on

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Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in a movie together and it is ok?

The readers of Jackie K. Cooper may be slightly dumbfounded by his thin commentary in “Escape Plan.” However, to quote the critic himself: “It isn’t totally believable but it is somewhat believable and that is all that matters.” The devoted readers of Cooper will buy the review and that’s all that matters. Right?

The introductory paragraph of Cooper’s Escape Plan is satisfactory in that the critic states his argument, but the following paragraphs are somewhat offensive given the lack of critique. The critic never resorts to cliches that have been seen in so many reviews, although he does describe Stallone’s character as “Rocky and Rambo.”

After several extremely boring paragraphs of plot summary, Cooper offers up two paragraphs on the main characters without saying a whole lot about them. There is humor, there is physical prowess and the critic was impressed by Caviezel. End of review.

One certainly doesn’t need to be a great film mind to understand that a Stallone/Schwarzenegger film would be “escapist fun,” but Cooper makes that reference several times. In fact, the critic appears to give up on critique because of that very point. The work consists of plot devices that surprised the critic, as opposed to actual analysis.

“Escape Plan” by Jackie K. Cooper gives little effort and calls it a day.    

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