The Escapist
The Escapist (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 21, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tense, smart prison break movie, The Escapist is a sharp debut from director Rupert Wyatt.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

The movie was written specifically for Brian Cox, and it's a great fit.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Too much of this movie about prison feels only like a movie about prison, with actors posing and directors getting poetic.

Don Groves

Prison drama breaks all the rules - and wins.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

This is down and dirty and raw.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation.

Drew McWeeny

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.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

The prison escape movie -- a tired genre -- gets some fresh energy in The Escapist, a compelling, carefully written and totally gripping film from the U.K. that is acted with naturalism and conviction by a smashing cast.

Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
For those who have seen more than two or three prison break movies in their lives, this mediocre film won't offer anything new even if it believes to be… More
Cynthia S.
I just finished watching this movie, and I am amazed on how it turned out. It definitely went a direction that I didn't expect, and I really like that.… More
review soon....
Dean King
A pretty good Prison escape action film. Brian Cox is a very good actor, simple story done quite well. Might not be for everyone. It has quite a few flashbacks… More
Kevin M. Williams
Set in a British prison, filled with all the usual convict suspects (including Damien Lewis and Steven Mackintosh woefully miscast as sadistic underlords!),… More
Lady D'arbanville
Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh and Liam Cunningham are just a few talents who star in this British prison Drama. Set at a fairly slow pace, yet a high standard… More