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Escape Plan 2: Hades

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sequel has formulaic action, lots of violence, cursing.

Movie R 2018 94 minutes
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This sequel suffers from needless complexity. The title should sum up the story, but the story gets so lost in the particulars, it's a relief to simply see the actual "escape plan" being carried out. There's Chechen intrigue at the beginning, then a firing of the person who botched the operation, then something about global technology, communication systems, and hacking the nuclear codes. Evil oligarchs who look like Jared Kushner. Hackers from Iceland. Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy.

There's just too much going on here. Instead of adding a level of intelligence, the "tech talk" just muddies the waters of what could be so simple. There are at least 10 more characters than Escape Plan 2: Hades actually needs. There are worse ways to pass 93 minutes, but there are also action movies that are a lot better at mixing the brains with the brawn.

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