The Escapist

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"He can escape from anything... except his past."
  • R
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.1  (1,708)

The 2002 movie, The Escapist, is a thrilling drama revolving around the story of an ex-con named Denis (played by Brian Cox), who plots to escape from prison to reunite with his estranged daughter. The film also stars Philip Barantini, Andy Serkis, and Barry Barnes in supporting roles. The movie opens with Denis, who is serving a life sentence for murder, being granted parole after 14 years in prison. However, he soon realizes that his newfound freedom comes with a condition - he must stay within a certain radius and is not allowed to leave the country. This condition is a major roadblock to Denis's plan of reconnecting with his daughter, who now lives in Ireland. Frustrated, Denis decides that his only option is to escape from prison.

The movie then takes us through various stages of Denis's meticulous planning while also introducing us to his fellow inmates, including Ricky Barnes (played by Barantini), a young prisoner seeking redemption, and Lenny Drake (played by Serkis), a drug addict with little concern for his own life or that of others. As Denis slowly ropes in his co-prisoners into his elaborate escape plan, we see the developing relationships between these characters and their motivations for this daring escape.

The film's storyline is brilliant in its pacing and character development. The characters are truly fleshed out, and the relationships that develop between them are genuine and compelling. The movie also blends in elements of suspense, action, and drama seamlessly, making for a gripping watch.

The cinematography is another aspect of the film that stands out. The movie is shot in muted tones, which adds to the bleakness and monotony of prison life, and the gritty camera work enhances the feeling of realism, making the viewer feel like they are right there in the middle of the drama.

The acting in the movie is nothing short of excellent. Brian Cox delivers a stellar performance as the stoic, determined ex-con who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. Philip Barantini, as Ricky Barnes, is a standout as the young prisoner seeking redemption. His character arc is one of the most satisfying to watch, and he portrays it with the perfect amount of vulnerability and determination. Andy Serkis is also fantastic as Lenny Drake, the drug addict who is initially hesitant to join the escape plan but ends up becoming an integral part of it.

Overall, The Escapist is an exceptional movie that takes the viewer on a thrilling ride full of twists and turns. The film's attention to detail and nuanced characters make it stand out among other prison-break movies, and it's a must-watch for anyone who loves a good crime drama.

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    1 hr 28 min
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    6.1  (1,708)