Sylvester Stallone is throwing Escape Plan 2: Hades under the bus. The first installment in the series was widely praise and include Arnold Schwarzenegger and a pretty awesome premise.
The studio enjoy the success and quickly green lit two more sequels, but the second one didn’t do as well as initially hope, despite getting a few decent reviews at the time of its release. On the eve of Escape Plan 3’s release, Stallone is letting his true feelings about Escape Plan 2 out on social media.
The original film made enough in box office receipts to turn a moderate profit, but it didn’t exceed expectations by a long shot. As a result, this belated, unnecessary sequel was co-financed by Chinese production company Leomus Pictures.
While China has been a source of huge profit for movie studios over the past few years, those unfortunate enough to have seen Transformers: Age of Extinction and Pacific Rim: Uprising will already smell the perils of this arrangement. As a result, Escape Plan 2 is laughably transparent in its shallow attempt at launching a new franchise hidden behind Stallone’s extended cameo appearance.
While heavily sold as a direct sequel, fans of the original may be disappoint by the lack of actual screen time with its star.
The majority of the mis-promote film is actually spent with a new character name Shu (Huang Xiaoming), a field operative for Breslin’s new security company. When Shu is attack and kidnapp after a bad job, he wakes up in a high security prison where he is forced to fight the other inmates for his life. This undoubtedly leads to some well-choreographed action sequences, largely due to the stunning martial arts skills of Xiaoming. Unfortunately however, this is not nearly enough to save the film from its lazy writing, and unimaginative plot twists.
After the first film function as a fun 80’s throwback teaming two of it’s greatest icons for one last ride, the tone of Hades is also jarringly different. This time we are given a bizarre techno-thriller that attempts to combine elements of Death Race with The Running Man, but lacks any of the complexity or imagination of both. The third act manages to pick things up slightly, with the majority of Stallone and Bautista’s roles taking place here.
Although, those hoping to see the former Rocky and Drax on fine form will be sorely disappoint. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also reprises his role as the high-speed computer hacker, Hush. Connective tissue to the original is much-welcomed in this unrecognizable straight-to-DVD affair, but Jackson’s role is also unsurprisingly minimal.
Escape Plan 2: Hades was released last year and starred Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista.
The few positive reviews from critics were not enough to save the movie. As of this writing, the sequel holds a 9% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes with one review simply stating, “Do not enter.” Now, Stallone isn’t holding back in his assessment of the movie. He explains.
Sylvester Stallone has put out some clunkers over the course of his long career, including Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot! and Rhinestone, but Escape Plan 2 is, in his opinion, the worst on his resume. That’s really saying something right there. And a quick look through Stallone’s social media responses sees that his fans agree with him. However, there weren’t any problems getting Escape Plan 3 off of the ground. Stallone had this to say.
The production of Escape Plan 3 sounds brutal, but Sylvester Stallone was just getting started as he continued to hype the movie. The actor appears to have stepped up his game yet again, promising some unique fight scenes in the movie that he wanted to do without choreography. From what he says, there are some real fights in Escape Plan 3. Stallone explains.
As Sylvester Stallone says, there’s not a lot of people going in to do fight scenes without choreography these days.
The idea of long cuts and single takes should be great for action fans to see. As for when you can see Escape Plan 3, the movie was released in Russia on June 27th, but it will be available digitally and VOD on July 2nd, which is Tuesday. While we wait for the movie to become available, you can read the entirety of Sylvester Stallone’s Instagram post below.
Escape Plan 2: Hades doesn’t leave a lot of enthusiasm for a return trip inside the prison. But, with a third installment already on the way, audiences aren’t done with Breslin and his crew just yet. We can only hope that it manages to find a way to escape mediocrity and boredom next time round.
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Steven C. Miller
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Xiaoming Huang
Written By: Miles Chapman
On Disc/Streaming: Jun 29, 2018
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
CRITIC REVIEWS FOR ESCAPE PLAN 2 – HADES:
The plot, as incomprehensible as it is uninvolving, has Stallone’s utterly unmemorable crack prison-break team banged up in yet another off-the-grid illegal jail called Hades.
The whole film is as graceless, lurid and unnecessary as a Stallone painting – but without the winning naivety.
A messy and unmotivated parade of bland close-ups and bad action.
Escape Plan 2 is essentially a tired, low-rent attempt to create a new franchise, albeit one now relegated to VOD.