Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019)

Take it from someone who has watched more than forty Sylvester Stallone movies in three weeks. Even I didn’t really want another Escape Plan movie. Yet here we are.

Thanks to foreign markets — while the film went straight to video in the US, it played in theaters in Russia, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, Turkey and Portugal — this movie was announced even as Stallone was filing Escape Plan 2.

Security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul — who is trying to revitalize small towns in Ohio like Mansfield — and his girlfriend Abigail Ross (Jaime King) from a prison run by the son of Lester Clark Jr. (Devon Sawa, Idle Hands), whose father was the bad guy wat back in the first film.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Dave Bautista return for one more mission, one where everything seems shot under a gold filter. There’s really nothing that I liked about this film other than Bautista and Stallone’s interactions.

Director John Herzfeld started his directing career with ABC Afterschool Specials before directing the critically savaged Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta film Two Of A Kind. He also directed The Ryan White StoryThe Preppie MurderCasualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (seriously, the fact that I haven’t covered every single Amy Fisher film that I’ve watched on this site is such a missed opportunity), the Tarantino-influenced 2 Days In the ValleyDon King: Only In America and Reach Me, which also starred Stallone.

In fact, he and Stallone go way back to 1976’s Cannonball, a movie that Herzfeld acted in. He also appears in Cobra as one of the criminals Stallone sets on fire near the end of the movie and directed Inferno: The Making of The Expendables.

Here’s all you need to know about the film, thanks to IMDB: The opening production looks last for 90 seconds and the end credits are almost nine minutes, so 11% of the film is just production info.

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