Escape Plan 2: Hades Movie Review

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  • Release Date  : 29/06/2018
  • Genre              : Action, Thriller
  • Cast                  :  Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming, 50 Cent
  • Director          : Steven C. Miller
  • Duration         : 1 hr 36 min
  • Language        : English

The 2013 Sylvester Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Escape Plan was no masterpiece, but it had a reasonably clever concept and offered the opportunity to see the two aging action stars banter in an enjoyable fashion. Such is not the case, alas, with Escape Plan 2, its misbegotten sequel marked by the indignity of not receiving a theatrical release. And although Stallone and Dave Bautista are top-billed here and prominently in the advertising, their onscreen time is limited. Be forewarned.

Sylvester Stallone plays security specialist Ray Breslin, who after the events of the first film, is once again embroiled in a plot that involves impenetrable and inescapable prisons. But instead of breaking out of one of those like the last time, this film requires him to break in – like Inception, you see. When a member of his team is double-crossed and incarcerated in Hades, the most elaborate prison ever built, Ray rounds up a bunch of his old cronies to help break him out.

Chinese star Huang, on hand to better appeal to the market. Stallone mainly looks tired and glum. Bautista has little opportunity to showcase. The supporting players are mostly nondescript, although Welliver seems to be relishing his cartoonish villain role. The movie is essentially a tired, low-rent attempt to create a new franchise, albeit one now relegated to VOD. The film ends with a setup for a third installment which would well benefit from a bigger budget and the return of original director Mikael Hafstrom. You better miss it or watch it, when premiered on TV.