The Escapist

Released 2009


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The Escapist is the story of Frank Perry (Brian Cox), 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.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    It makes for an unexpectedly welcome form of dramatic escape: the character study breaking free from a hoary old movie genre.

  • 40

    New York Daily News Joe Neumaier

    The splintered viewpoints help with the monotony, but from the taunting of new inmates to the cell-block sadist, we've gone through all this before, right down to the final twists.

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Crime, Heist, Thrillers, Foreign Language, Independent