Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

Five years after the original Escape Plan, this sequel was released, bringing back Sylvester Stallone and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to reprise their roles and Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming, Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe, Titus Welliver and Wes Chatham in as new cast members. While in the U.S. this was a straight-to-DVD release, it came out in theaters in Russia and China. Despite not having a greart box office, it still inspired another sequel, 2019’s Escape Plan: The Extractors.

Stallone, never one to mince words, said on Instagram that this movie was the “most horribly produced film I have ever had the misfortune to be in.”

Ray Breslin (Stallone)  continues to operate his security company with senior members Hush (Jackson) and Abigail (Jamie King), along with Shu Ren (Chinese star Xiaoming), Jasper Kimbral (Chatham, who was in The Hunger Games films) and Luke Graves (Metcalfe, who was on Desperate Housewives).

During a hostage rescue mission, Kimbral goes off mission, which leads to a hostage getting killed and Breslin firing him. This leads to him joining the enemy and becoming part of the Hades prison, wher ehe soon imprisons Shu and his cousin Yusheng. He’s now forced to battle other prisoners in a fight club and meeting the warden, Gregor “Zookeeper” Faust (Titus Welliver, who was on Lost), who wants Yusheng’s communications patents in exhange for their release.

Breslin learns that Hades is funded by the same mysterious organization who funded the Tomb — from the first movie — and seeks help from an ex-employee, Trent DeRosa (Dave Bautista). And then Luke is caught and sent to Hades, a place where the layout changes every single night. Of course, Breslin allows himself to be arrested and taken to Hades and our heroes win the day.

This movie was frankly intolerable. Speaking of intolerable, Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy is in this, too. And Stallone is only in this for about fifteen minutes. Really.

Director Steven C. Miller has been part of several Lionsgate films, such as Extraction, Marauders, Arsenal and First Kill. He also directed a remake of Silent Night, Deadly NIght and almost brought a new version of Motel Hell to the screen.

The funniest part of this movie is this revelation from IMDB, which blows the central conceit of the movie out of the water: “Part of the plot revolves forcing someone to reveal a patent as if it was a secret. Patents are not secret, the point being to make something public to secure protection for commercial use. If something was supposed to be kept secret, then it would be called a secret.”

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