Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined he make peace with her before it’s too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists – misfits with a mutual dislike for one other but united by their desire to escape their hell hole of an existence. Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London.
Spoilers? Probably. It’s your risk.
First thing I noticed, being a non-English native speaker, is that Irish accent is kinda hard to understand… at first. It gets easier when you get used to it, it’s easier to understand.
So you have this old guy, in prison for I can’t remember how long, who hears the news that his daughter is sick and he wants to leave to talk to her. So he makes a plan to escape, recruits one guy but, in the way, needs to “add” recruits to fill the gaps in his plan and, in return, get a chance to escape. All that while avoiding the big bad guys in the prison. It’s kinda like “Prison Break”, but with some more human parts. In a way, “The Escapist” makes “Prison Break” look really mechanic; everything planned ahead, while the first is way more basic idea building organically as elements are added.
And, besides, the ending is one of the best plot twists I have seen in the latest years.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.