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Escape Plan 2: Hades
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Escape Plan 2: Hades is a 2018 action movie in which Sylvester Stallone assembles his elite security experts to get his best operative out of a harsh private prison. It's a sequel to the 2013 Escape Plan but you don't need to have seen the first to follow along. There's frequent action and martial arts violence: battles with high-powered weaponry and knives, punches, and kicks. A man is stabbed and killed with a knife. One of the characters is tortured and beaten. Another character is almost shot and killed at point-blank range. Frequent profanity is heard, including regular use of "f--k." One of the characters is briefly shown drunk and cavorting in Bangkok amid signs advertising sex shops.
What's the story?
In Atlanta, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is in charge of an elite squad of operatives skilled at penetrating the world's most impenetrable prisons and fortresses in order to rescue hostages in ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES. But after an operation in Chechnya goes awry, Breslin fires the operative who was responsible for the mistake. At the same time, Breslin's most trusted operative, Shu Ren, disappears. An intensive search reveals that Ren is being held captive in what seems to be the most impenetrable prison ever created, a private prison where Ren is literally fighting to survive alongside his tech-whiz cousin. With the brawn of Breslin and former colleague Trent DeRosa (Dave Bautista) and the brains of their hacker Hush (50 Cent), Ren must use his wits and willpower to find out why he's in this private prison, who is responsible, and how he will escape.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about action movies. How does Escape Plan 2: Hades compare to other action movies you've seen?
How is violence conveyed in the movie? Did it seem necessary, or was it heightened for the sake of entertainment?
Do you think the movie glorifies the use of high-powered weaponry? Why or why not?
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