A ‘Kiran Bernard Kutinha’ review
A Rupert Wyatt film “The escapist” staring Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes and Steven Mackintosh revolves around a prison break lead by Brian Cox. At first on hearing the name it might strike you that this is just another prison break film with ideas gathered from other films based on similar subjects like The Shawshank Redemption or Escape from Alcatraz but as you indulge yourself more into this Drama cum Thriller you realize the style is different. Almost the entire film is shot inside the prison; allowing ample space for concentration on excellent acting, storyline and execution.
Frank Perry played by Brian Cox is a life sentenced convict without parole who has accepted that he will never get to see the outside again. He plays a character that has not known to have caused any trouble within the prison. One day he receives a letter stating that his loved daughter is nearing death .This helplessness of knowing that his daughter is dying and he can do nothing confined in prison compels him to take the bold step of planning a prison break. He notices certain loop holes within the prison that would compliment his escape to finally reunite him with his daughter. The movie begins by showing the start of the actual escape very unlike most films where the story builds up to the ultimate climax of the escape. The movie cuts back and forth showing the planning and the execution of the escape simultaneously. This film has a completely different twist in the end.
Brian Cox’s’ performance as Frank Perry is excellent although the movie had limited dialogue which renders the task of acting even more difficult with expression of feelings done only by way of actions. Another aspect of the film that needs to be given credit is the editing which is very smooth and not confusing; this allows the viewer to switch between Perry’s time in prison planning the break and the actual break. I also felt that the right choice of background music actually livened up the movie and added to its overall viewer appeal.
Although the movie begins with the escape, the first 15 odd minutes does not do much to catch your interest but once the planning begins you get yourself glued to the screen. This is worth the attention invested for the final twist. By the end you may end up feeling a bit claustrophobic but such a feeling is soon shadowed by the end itself. The movie does tend to stumble on the grounds of not bearing clarity in the detailing of the prison-break. It fails to engage you in the adrenaline rush that an escape must include, thus leaving it to look as quite easily accomplished.
Personally I would not call ‘The Escapist’ is one of the best Prison-break movies but overall it is still an entertainer. You can watch it for some commendable performances, good editing, screenplay and an impressive climax at the end. I would give this one 3 out of 5.