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Escape Plan: The Extractors Blu-ray Review

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The third time is not the charm.

“Escape Plan: The Extractors” (which is the third entry in the franchise) is both a revenge and rescue story. Lester Clark Jr. (the son of Ray’s ex-partner) kidnaps the daughter (Daya) of Zhang (the shady businessman who provides the tech for the black site prisons) and Ray’s love/co-worker Abigail and imprisons them at Devil’s Station in Latvia. With the help of Shen Lo (a former Zhang employee) and Daya’s bodyguard Bao, Ray and his pal Trent mount a rescue mission to save them, but will their efforts be in vain?

The second entry “Escape Plan 2: Hades” was nearly unwatchable and yet that movie looks like a winner in comparison to “Escape Plan: The Extractors.” Everything about this sequel is lazy. The dialogue is dopey, the story is uninspired, much of the screentime is comprised of characters wandering around a tunnel and a prison, the big dramatic moment is severely underplayed, the production values are absurdly cheap, the score by Victor Reyes is ridiculously over-the-top, and the cinematography by Jacques Jouffret is overly dark and barely lit.

Of course, I’d wager most people are merely tuning in for the star power. Admittedly, the movie does boast an immensely talented cast comprised of Sylvester Stallone, Curtis Jackson/50 Cent, Dave Bautista, Devon Sawa, Jaime King and Max Zhang. Unfortunately, they are all wasted save for Max Zhang. Zhang is the saving grace of the entire movie as his fight sequences are the only highlights to be found here. The umbrella fight is particularly thrilling. Stallone walks through the movie, Bautista is barely in it, Jaime King is wasted, Devon Sawa is an unconvincing villain, and 50 Cent/Curtis Jackson has a blink and you’ll miss him reprisal as the character of Hush.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Even a hi-def transfer can’t make the poor cinematography look good.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality 5.1 track that really shines during the action scenes.

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers
* “The Making Of Escape Plan: The Extractors”- A featurette that contains cast/crew interviews, story and character discussions, set footage, the usual.
* Commentary by John Herzfeld, Sylvester Stallone, Devon Sawa and Daniel Bernhardt. Hezfeld and Sawa make up most of the commentary but Bernhardt and Stallone appear later on. Not the most exciting track as there are quiet spots, but it’s more enjoyable than the movie.

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June 27, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Wow! As you say, the second was nearly unwatchable, so this third installment must really be something! Thanks for reviewing!

    Comment by tensecondsfromnow | June 27, 2019 | Reply

    • Appreciate the comments!

      Comment by nicklyons1 | June 27, 2019 | Reply


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