Release Date: September 13 *(Updated release date with new title, Escape Plan.)
Director: Mikael Håfström
Rating: Not Yet Rated
When the world's foremost authority on prison security design finds himself framed and put in a secret penitentiary that he designed, he'll need to team up with a shady cyberterrorist to plan what seems like an impossible escape.
What We Know:
Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) might seem to be an innocuous engineer specializing in structural prison security, but apparently he's made a powerful enemy and winds up framed and convicted of a crime serious enough to land him in one of his own specialty prisons. In this case, Ray gets stuck in one of his masterpieces, a secret inescapable high-tech palace of penance that's designed to house a special breed of criminals. (He'll need to utilize his prison flick experiences from Lock Up and Tango & Cash to get through this one.)
While mulling over the question of what landed him there in the first place, he becomes unlikely friends with fellow prisoner, Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a shady and notorious cyberterrorist who landed in this clandestine clink after creating a code that could have potentially taken down the global banking system. (However, the "code" that is the English language is still something he's unable to crack.) After realizing that a collaboration is advantageous, the duo come up with a hail Mary escape plan. Enlisting the help of another inmate hacker named Hush (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), this plan will need a hell of a lot more than a cake-baked saw.
The plan, however, stands in perpetual danger, due to a ruthless warden named Willard Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) and his corrupt corrections officer henchman, Drake (Vinnie Jones). These old alpha dogs will need to utilize a different kind of teamwork to survive the ordeal and get to the bottom of the mysterious circumstances which have significantly altered Ray's daily showering strategy.
Vincent D'Onofrio, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan, and Faran Tahir round out the cast of this action-drama.
(A more "salty" Arnold Schwarzenegger as convicted cyberterrorist, Emil Rottmayer.)
What We Expect:
At the moment, the 800 lb. gorilla in the room when it comes to old-school 80's action stars venturing outside the umbrella of The Expendables films, is the embarrassingly abysmal box-office numbers for Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand on its opening weekend. While not receiving terrible reviews across the board, it was clear that audiences were more receptive to demonically-raised feral children and Bin Laden-busting than they were seeing The Governator play a grizzled small town sheriff. As a result, the impetus on The Tomb will be to make a compelling presentation to audiences conveying that this will be a different kind of action movie. Whether it is or not remains to be seen.
We've experienced Sly and Arnold together amongst a grand cast of action heroes on screen in The Expendables films, but this is first time in which the chemistry between the duo will be specifically billed as the main attraction. In that sense, it could be perceived as a different beast than Arnold's The Last Stand or Sly's upcoming Bullet to the Head. In fact, the film could find itself in the position where such a perceived separation will be critical to its appeal.
That is were things get hazy. We still don't have info about the specifics of that chemistry between the stars. Also, based on what little is out there, this may be a more dramatic entry, short on the standard meta-infused comic relief we've been seeing from their films as of late. However, the mere concept of Sly playing a security engineer genius and Arnold letting his pecs down to play a calculating computer criminal certainly sounds surreal enough to evoke some curiosity.
Set for release in what could be a rather weak post-summer movie month, it will be interesting to see how this film is received.
Be sure to check out more of G4's 2013 movie previews throughout the month of January.