The Escapist
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A career criminal seeks redemption for himself, his family, and his friends by busting out of a penitentiary in this intelligent thriller. Frank (Brian Cox) is a criminal who was forced to leave his wife and six-year-old daughter behind when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Frank openly acknowledges he was guilty and has made his peace with life behind bars, but when he learns that a drug overdose has left his daughter seriously ill, he feels a powerful need to reconnect with his family, and his only option is to escape. Knowing he can't do it alone, Frank assembles a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie was written specifically for Brian Cox, and it's a great fit."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Too much of this movie about prison feels only like a movie about prison, with actors posing and directors getting poetic."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Prison drama breaks all the rules - and wins."
‑ Don Groves,
"A fractured, stylish and tense affair built around a band of great performances."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"The filmmakers succumb to the temptation of trying to have their escape movie cake and eat the psychological drama, too"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"This is down and dirty and raw."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"By keeping the focus on the humanity, Rupert Wyatt makes a strong debut as a writer/director here, and his film's got a great sense of low-budget style."
‑ Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"This is a rather curious film, admirable in some ways but also strangely frustrating."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Brilliant or obscure? Engaging or pretentious? Intense performances, artistic cinematography, ambitious editing and eclectic music are the filmic elements, but obtuse storytelling with almost incomprehensible dialogue completes the picture"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"The splintered viewpoints help with the monotony, but from the taunting of new inmates to the cell-block sadist, we've gone through all this before, right down to the final twists."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The script flaunts one thwart too many, including a head-slapping gotcha that barely makes sense. The film lacks an exit strategy."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The two narrative tracks only really come together at the end, and meanwhile we have to work a bit too hard to keep track of it all."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"A combination of a superb score and amazing performances make this a genre defying prison break film."
‑ Colin Fraser, FILMINK (Australia)
"I hate criticising someone for ambition but The Escapist is a victory of ambition over dramatic achievement."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
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