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Summit Entertainment, EFF and Emmett/Furla Films present a 116 minute, R rated, action, mystery, thriller directed by Mikael Hafstrom, written by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller with a theater release date of October 18, 2013.

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is known as the Houdini of maximum security facilities and as President of his security company has even written a book on the subject.  At Bendwater Federal Penitentiary in Colorado he once again proves his skills escaping from isolation proving that he is the best of the best showing the flaws amongst independent security systems.  What kind of man would choose to spend seven years in prison for his job?  Ray Breslin, of course!
Back in the office in Los Angeles, Breslin and his colleagues, Abigail (Amy Ryan), Hush (50 Cent) and Lester Clark (Vincent D’Onofrio) get approached by Jessica Miller (Caitriona Balfe) an attorney for the CIA with a five million dollar offer.  They want to incarcerate Breslin in their “shadow world” of a prison, where they hide away the forgotten criminals of the world. 
In New Orleans Breslin is taken and secretly incarcerated under a different name, whereabouts unknown from anyone in the outside world, kept in a small glass room as prisoner 7458.  When he meets Warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) he soon realizes that all is not common in this security complex.  Guards are unknown dressed in black with their faces covered and beatings and torture become a regular occurrence as Breslin finds himself frequently in the care of physician Kyrie (Sam Neill) for more than one reason. 
It’s not long before the new guy makes enemies but as time progresses and Breslin looks for an escape he befriends Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Javed (Faran Tahir) along with others in order to achieve his ultimate goal to freedom.  The only issue is that as he begins to learn the layout, the routine and the search for help several things don’t appear as they should when he discovers he is not quite king of the world.  Overall in the end, thanks to the Hippocratic Oath, a riot and one big flush, time on a sandy beach in Morocco reveals the truth that sometimes Les is not actually worth more.
I thought the direction was well done but I was a bit disappointed in the writing.  Chapman and Keller seem to piece together some of the plot filled with twists and turns that make it a bit confusing or somewhat far-fetched.  Grant it this is a movie out to grab your attention with some skillfully planned escapes from high security enclosures but I felt slightly uninterested at times.  The sets were well thought out with some nice photography but in the end the film was better than what I expected but still not a film I would rave about as a must see new release.
Stallone does a nice job as he wiggles his way out of maximum security facilities but when he opens his mouth his words still come out as from the lips of “Rocky”, a bit garbled although his action skills are still spot on.  Schwarznegger was my shining star here adding his terminator personality with a mix of comedy that works well and he truly has some moments that prove he can be an actor as well as an action star.  Caviezel not only looks good but pulls off the whole bad guy image even though he likes to mount butterflies in his spare time.  Tahir, Ryan, Neill, D’Onofrio and 50 Cent all are great supports to the leads and the story as well are all the extras throughout but overall it is the relationship between Stallone and Schwarznegger’s characters that projects well on the screen.  Not what I hoped for but still better than I expected, written with 2 paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever... | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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