• The Escapist (2009)

The Escapist

Release Date: April 1st, 2009

DVD Release Date: January 26th, 2010

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Fourteen years into a life sentence, convict Frank Perry (Brian Cox) plans to escape from prison after learning his daughter nearly overdosed from heroin. With the help of fellow prisoners, Frank begins digging tunnels that will lead to the outside world. As Frank and his friends dig, he fends off Rizza (Damian Lewis), a fearsome gangster who runs the inside of the prison, and his brother, Tony (Steven Mackintosh), a junkie with designs on Frank's cellmate, Lacey (Dominic Cooper).

Cast: Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Seu Jorge, Dominic Cooper, Steven Mackintosh, Damian Lewis

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Gritty, Sacrifice, London, 2000s, Suspenseful, Escape, Father, Brother, Prison

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    All of this mayhem keeps us watching, but it would be hard to describe the experience as pleasurable. show more

  • 38
    Kyle SmithNew York Post

    It all leads nowhere. There are pull-the-rug-out endings, and then there are pull-the-floor-out endings. The Escapist leaves you standing on nothing, like Wile E. Coyote, wondering why you bothered to come this far. show more

  • 90
    Film Threat

    On top of the tried-and-true prison genre formula coupled with the misfit gang formula, Rupert Wyatt's "he Escapist flips everything on its ear by playing out in two timelines simultaneously. show more

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