May 11, 2013

What’s the Deal with The Tomb/Escape Plan?

First of all I just want to say that I think the title change is a terrible idea; Escape Plan is just so generic and forgettable, however The Tomb had a mysterious and foreboding feel to it. The movie is out in 4 months and yet we haven’t seen any hint of a trailer. There was apparently one shown a few weeks ago at a Comic Con and we were all waiting for it to be released online and then… nothing.

Has the studio lost faith in Arnie and Sly since their most recent movies were box office disappointments? It certainly doesn’t look like they believe in our action stars anymore which is a shame.

I worry that they may push the release date to next year which is becoming a rather annoying habit these days. For me The Tomb/Escape Plan is one of my most anticipated movies of this year. The two greatest action stars of all time in a movie with a genuinely interesting story. In case you don’t know it, here is the full synopsis:

Written by Miles Chapman for the screen, with a rewrite by Jason Keller, ‘The Tomb’ follows Ray Breslin (Stallone), the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer,a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.

Jim Caviezel plays Hobbes, the warden of the Tomb. This is the type of prison facility that deals with inmates that no government wants on its books.  The lead guard of the maximum-security facility, Drake, is played by English actor and retired footballer Vinnie Jones.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson plays Hush, Ray Breslin’s right-hand man and high-technology expert.  Buttoned-down with street lurking just below the surface, Hush is aptly named because when he speaks, it is just above a whisper…but it’s a whisper with attitude and edge that can turn from soft to drop dead serious in the blink of an eye. Vincent D’Onofrio plays Lester Clark, Breslin’s business partner and CEO of B&C Security, their independent security company hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test the integrity of their maximum-security facilities nationwide.  Amy Ryan plays Abigail Ross, jack-of-all trades and one of Beslin’s closest confidants at B&C Security.  Sam Neil is cast as Dr. Emil Kaikev, the prison doctor embedded within the Tomb, who is sympathetic to Breslin’s plight.

I remember hearing that there is actually some pretty fantastic action in the movie and that it isn’t the slow burn thriller some people are making it out to be.

I’m worried that the complete lack of marketing or hype will make this movie die at the box office and essentially kill off Arnie and Sly’s careers for good. Look at the marketing for The Last Stand; they made it look like Johnny Knoxville was going to be the Jar Jar Binks style pain in the ass of the movie, but he ended up only being in a few scenes and was pretty entertaining.

Come on guys, give these legends more love and hype up The Tomb/Escape Plan so people actually know about it. I never thought I would live to see the day when a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone would get such little love. They are the greatest action stars EVER: always have been and always will be so give us a trailer and if you won’t bother hyping the movie up then we will.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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