Escape Plan

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Arnie and Sly team up for lighthearted but violent action.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 116 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Perseverance and teamwork are the positive themes. At one point, the main character loses heart and begins to think that maybe, this time, he can't do it. But eventually, with help from his friend, he gets his strength and his resolve back. He goes on to solve a tremendously difficult puzzle, against tough odds. However, the movie contains tons of violence with no consequences.
Positive Role Models & Representations
These characters aren't really very admirable, resorting to violence without consequences, though they both love their families and they seem like good guys under the circumstances. Both actors are still in really good shape for their late sixties, and they are good examples of what exercise and clean living can do.
Tons of over-the-top action-movie violence, with dozens of faceless guards being shot and killed. A fair amount of blood is shown, especially when one of the good guys is shot in the stomach, and one of the bad guys falls down a flight of stairs and smashes his head. The inmates fight a great deal with lots of punching and pummeling, the guards are shown beating inmates into submission. Some scenes take place in a doctor's office with bloody wounds being stitched up, or needles being injected. A character is tortured with a high powered hose in his mouth. There's also a big explosion.
Stallone flirts with Amy Ryan; there's a joke about her bad cooking and how he can "complain in the morning." Schwarzenegger initiates a fight by insinuating that a man's mother was his "favorite whore in Marrakech" who could really "polish a helmet," while he makes oral sex motions with his hands. He also makes a crude drawing of a naked butt to antagonize the warden.
"F--k" and "motherf--ker" are used fairly often. "S--t" is also heard once or twice, as well as "ass," "crap," "towel head," "bitch," "balls," "scumbag," "faggot," and "a--hole."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Escape Plan is an action movie starring two of the most popular veterans of action movies: Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not surprisingly, the movie contains tons of over-the-top violence, often without consequence. There's fighting, shooting, and blood. Prison guards torture inmates, and bloody wounds are stitched up in a doctor's office. Language is also strong, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "motherf--ker" as well as minimal uses of other words. There's also some minor sexual innuendo, including references to a "whore" and a hand motion referring to oral sex. The mood is light, and the movie is dumb fun for fans.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDuncanDerund August 31, 2014


R for some language and crude dialogue and some scenes of adventure and prison violence+crude role models.
Adult Written byslasher23 August 16, 2014
very violent action movie a language
Teen, 13 years old Written byMajam July 2, 2018

really good

It's a very interesting movie. There's some swearing, some violence but it's a very good story . I would highly recommend it to families with age... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byram234533ds September 26, 2020

Escape plan review

This was a great action movie. The violence wasn’t too bad. Just mostly shootings with a little blood. There is a tourture scene where they plug Arnold’s nos... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is an expert at prison breaking, posing as an inmate to break out of many high security prisons. To prove it, the movie begins with his latest escape. But then he gets a call to break out of a new kind of prison, and when he agrees, he finds he's been double-crossed. No one knows where he is and no one can help him. He meets a man called Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and begins to cook up his latest plan. Unfortunately, this one will take several backup plans and several interactions with the prison's soft-spoken, sadistic warden (Jim Caviezel), as well as lots of fighting and shooting. But what does Rottmayer have up his sleeve?

Is it any good?

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have a good banter and a believable camaraderie in this film. ESCAPE PLAN marks the first full-fledged teaming of the legendary action stars, after their brief moments together in The Expendables and The Expendables 2. Though this movie is no work of genius, director Mikael Hafstrom pitches things just right, and the two actors are used to best advantage: loose, charming, and not too serious.
The movie's two screenwriters cook up just enough puzzle pieces to keep brains busy, but the bulk of the movie concentrates on pure muscle, fighting, shooting, and explosions. (Ray isn't the most subtle escape artist on record.) A colorful gallery of supporting characters helps, ranging from Oscar nominee Amy Ryan to rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Like the best action movies of this kind, Escape Plan is dumb fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's over-the-top violence. Does any of it seem too gruesome or disturbing for this kind of story? What is the reaction the movie is hoping for?
  • What is the appeal of these kinds of larger-than-life action movies and action stars? Why have people traditionally flocked to Stallone and Schwarzenegger movies?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love action thrillers

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