Escape Plan: The Extractors

Movie review by
Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media
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Action-thriller threequel has violence, swearing.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 97 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Solving problems with teamwork. Working with people from different cultures. But mostly all of the movie's conflicts are resolved by violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes are a mix of different genders, races, and nationalities. Villains are stereotypical "bad guys" and the premise of women being kidnapped feels cliched. Some racial slurs are used.

Violence

Frequent violence -- both hand-to-hand combat and fighting with weapons -- resulting in broken bones and multiple deaths. One character dies by being impaled on a metal rod. Other characters die by gunshot and knife wounds. Blood spatter and bloody wounds are seen on screen. Characters are kidnapped.

Sex
Language

"F--k," "s--t," and "bitch." "Jesus Christ" used as an exclamation. Some racist epithets -- a Chinese character is referred to as "chopsticks."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Escape Plan: The Extractors is the third installment in the action-thriller franchise starring Sylvester Stallone and contains much violence and strong language. The violence is frequent and brutal and although it's mostly hand-to-hand combat, weapons are sometimes used. Characters are shot dead and some are beaten to death with or against heavy objects. Two characters have their throats slit with knives and die. In one of the more graphic scenes, a character has a metal rod thrust through his head. There are two set pieces where female characters are overpowered by male attackers who then kidnap them. There are several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and some racial slurs -- a Chinese character is referred to as "chopsticks" by one of his American kidnappers.

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What's the story?

ESCAPE PLAN: THE EXTRACTORS tells the story of a group of security experts, led by Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) who are hired to save a Chinese heiress being held hostage in Estonia. But after his girlfriend, Abigail Ross (Jaime King) is also abducted, Breslin learns that his past may be part of the reason for the kidnappings.

Is it any good?

Sadly not even a well-established cast of action heroes can turn this into anything more than a dull, predictable action-thriller. For this third installment in the franchise, Stallone is once again joined by Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as members of his crew, as well as top martial arts talent from Asia, in the form of Max Zhang. Despite this pedigree, the fight scenes in Escape Plan: The Extractors are poorly choreographed and much of the cinematography is too dark to really follow the action. Furthermore, the villains don't do much more than threaten, kill, and talk in exposition in an attempt to explain the movie's convoluted ransom and revenge plot.

As a result, it is very difficult to care about any of the characters. Fans of the first two Escape Plan movies -- particularly the first one, which co-starred Arnold Schwarzenegger -- will likely feel short-changed by this low-budget attempt to keep the franchise moving. It would certainly seem like a challenge too far to churn out another installment after this.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Escape Plan: The Extractors. Is it justified? Did it feel realistic? Why do we like violent action movies?

  • Discuss the role of women in the movie. How are they portrayed? Could the film have cast more female characters in heroic roles?

  • How is surveillance technology used in the movie? Do you think this kind of technology should be used? What should it be used for, and what shouldn't it?

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