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The Escapist

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Rupert Wyatt

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About the Movie

In Rupert Wyatt's directorial debut, THE ESCAPIST, Frank Perry (Brian Cox) is a lifer; in prison for the rest of his natural born days. He's never had a problem with that: he did the crime; he'll do the time. Until now. He gets a letter telling him that his only and much loved daughter is critically ill following an overdose. He knows he must see her and to do that he'll have to escape. But he can't do it alone. A motley crew of younger associates is assembled to enact his plan: Lenny Drake (Joseph Fiennes), Brodie (Liam Cunningham), and Viv Batista (Seu Jorge). As they prepare to break out, Frank's focus is distracted by the arrival of a young con James Lacey (Dominic Cooper) – a reminder of days long lost. As the new kid on the block Lacey also attracts the sadistic attention of Tony (Steven Macintosh), the drug-addict brother of wing-king Rizza (Damian Lewis). Personality conflicts put the escape in jeopardy and Frank is forced to find the energy and courage of the man he once was. From IFC Films.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [Star Brian] Cox calmly registers ranges of steely determination, fatherly care and regret-filled sadness with great authority. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: All of this mayhem keeps us watching, but it would be hard to describe the experience as pleasurable. – Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 13, 2009

Fresh: A taut thriller that ends on a note of unexpected grace, the British prison drama The Escapist marks the impressive feature debut for director/co-writer Rupert Wyatt. – Jean Oppenheimer, Village Voice, Apr 1, 2009

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Customer Reviews

Good Movie

Reminded me of the classic prison escape movies. We really enjoyed it.

Realy good

This is probably one of my favorite movies

The Escapist
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2009

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