Escape Plan 3: The Extractors (2019)

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After security expert Ray Breslin is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend is also captured.

Back on 2013, action heroes Stallone and Schwarzenegger made Escape Plan – their first real team up film.  They had shared the screen in The Expendables and it’s sequel, but Arnold only really had a cameo in each.  This was the landmark “first time” team up, and it was supposed to set the box office on fire.

Only, it didn’t.  It didn’t make enough money to warrant a sequel, except for in China, where it made the kind of money to make THEM want not one but two sequels.  Schwarzenegger, understandably, returned for neither.

The first, Escape Plan 2: Hades was absolutely terrible.  Stallone and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson returned, and Dave Bautista came in in place of Schwarzenegger.  All three only had minor roles, and the film was trash.

For this third instalment, those three actors surprisingly return, with 50 Cent having nothing more than a cameo, and Bautista is only around for a very minor role.  Stallone is back to having a fairly major part to play.

Devon Sawa is the villain of the piece, playing Lester Clark Jnr – Son of Lester Clark (Vincent D’Onofrio’s character from the first movie) in a nice little call back, that gives the character motive for his dastardly ways.

This movie is an “it is what it is” kind of film.  Everything about it feels cheap (except Stallone – he’s always awesome.  I SAID ALWAYS!) and rushed together.  It’s not great, but not overly bad – just the kind of movie you might put on when you have nothing better to do.

5/10

Rick Trewin.

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