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Tom Huddleston’s “Escape Plan” Has a Way With Words (But Too Few of Them)

In response to Tom Huddleston’s 169‑word review of Escape Plan on Time Out

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Tom Huddleston’s “Escape Plan: Time Out says” is a well-written, poorly argued couple of paragraphs that could have managed to entertain its readers, but settles for setting up a straw man and then summarily knocking him down.

One wonders whether editorial decisions kept Huddleston’s work from rising to the occasion, but whatever the reason Escape Plan: TOS‘s laconic 169 words tells without showing.

Escape Plan: TOS is broken into two acts. One is concerned with telling the reader what to think, and the second is a broad reflection on the greener pastures readers could have been thinking about. It’s an empty sandwich, two crusts of enriched white bread without so much as a knob of butter holding them together.

The author’s contention here is crystal-clear, but the work’s fatal flaw is that the reasons for his contention are not. Audiences will be left wondering just what went wrong in between part one and part two, a frustration they’ll have to take home with them.

When handled skillfully, the review-in-brief form can both entertain and compel, inspiring readers to act upon the sketches drawn by the critic. Huddleston is clearly capable of delivering such a work—his fine way with words saves the piece from being entirely disposable—but without much to go on, Escape Plan: TOS is not it.

It’s a shame, but audiences should turn their attention to more substantial fare.    

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