Movie Review: Escape Plan: The Extractors (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Escape Plan: The Extractors was directed by John Herzfeld who co-wrote the screenplay with Miles Chapman and returns Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jaime King and Lydia Hull. Joining the cast are Devon Sawa, Max Zhang, Harry Shum Jr., Malese Jow and Russell Wong.

Screen legend Sylvester Stallone kicks this explosive action tale into high gear. After security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend (Jaime King) is also captured. Now he and his team, which includes Dave Bautista and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out.

When Daya Zhang (Malese Jow), daughter of Chinese billionaire Wu Zhang (Russell Wong), is kidnapped, it’s up to Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) and his team to rescue her. Ray is joined on the battlefield by the lone wolf Trent DeRoas (Dave Bautista) and Hush (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) who handles cyber ops back at home base. He’s also accompanied by Shen Lo (Max Zhang) and Bao Yung (Harry Shum Jr.), two young Chinese men who are connected to the kidnapped woman. What happens is, Ray finds out that the man behind this kidnapping is Lester Clark Jr. (Devon Sawa), son of his former partner (played by Vincent D’Onofrio in the first movie), and to make matters worse, Lester finds a way to kidnap Abigail (Jamie King), so now it becomes personal.

The small team comes up with an extraction plan and they head off to the isolated prison where the hostages are being held. Ray and his team have to break into this impenetrable Latvian hell hole where the hostages are being held but it’s not an easy task. They all split up and take on enemy after enemy as they get closer to their targets. The thing about Lester is that he not only wants a big ransom but he wants payback for what happened to his father so it’s kind of like a two for one deal with this maniac. It all comes down to the two men finally coming face-to-face in a violent showdown where Ray teaches young Lester Jr. a hard lesson in life that doesn’t end well for the villain. In the end, Ray and his team once again save the day but sadly not everybody makes it out alive this time.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features some matching artwork and the DVD disc is grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Escape Plan: The Extractors ended up being a surprisingly good third entry in the franchise. The reason I call it “surprisingly good” is because it was a super fast follow up to Escape Plan 2: Hades and when sequels are pushed like this most of the time they suck. This one didn’t suck at all and it’s exactly what fans would expect from a Sly Stallone action fiesta because there’s lots of hand-to-hand combat, well choreographed fight scenes that include some fantastic martial arts, big explosions, guns a blazin’ and numerous casualties on both sides. Even the creepy old prison location (where they filmed The Shawshank Redemption) played a key part in the story. Stallone is back in the lead (he pretty much just had a cameo in the second one) and he’s complimented by a great cast of familiar faces. Director John Herzfeld and Sly Stallone are old friends and the two veterans have come up with an entertaining action-thriller that’s worth checking out. Escape Plan: The Extractors will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital on July 2nd.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary with director John Herzfeld, Sylvester Stallone, Devon Sawa, and Daniel Bernhardt as well as the featurette “The Making of Escape Plan: The Extractors,” which features never-before-seen cast and crew interviews that explain what it took to make this white-knuckle film.

  • Audio Commentary
  • The Making of Escape Plan: The Extractors (10:03)
  • Digital Copy
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