Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer, a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.
Jim Caviezel plays Hobbes, the warden of the Tomb. This is the type of prison facility that deals with inmates that no government wants on its books. The lead guard of the maximum-security facility, Drake, is played by English actor and retired footballer Vinnie Jones.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson plays Hush, Ray Breslin’s right-hand man and high-technology expert. Buttoned-down with street lurking just below the surface, Hush is aptly named because when he speaks, it is just above a whisper…but it’s a whisper with attitude and edge that can turn from soft to drop dead serious in the blink of an eye. Vincent D’Onofrio plays Lester Clark, Breslin’s business partner and CEO of B&C Security, their independent security company hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test the integrity of their maximum-security facilities nationwide. Amy Ryan plays Abigail Ross, jack-of-all trades and one of Beslin’s closest confidants at B&C Security. Sam Neil is cast as Dr. Emil Kaikev, the prison doctor embedded within the Tomb, who is sympathetic to Breslin’s plight.
Stallone and Schwarzenegger make an interesting duo in this film. Schwarzenegger gets most of the funny lines with Stallone playing it straight for the most part. Stallone plays Ray Breslin, an expert on escaping from high security prisons. He winds up placed in one in which his outside connections are cut off. He meets Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), an inmate who is not all bad or all good. He helps Breslin get thrown into solitary confinement by fighting him. When Breslin throws his first punch, Rottmayer accuses him of fighting like a vegetarian. After Breslin wallops him the second time in the stomach, Rottmayer admits, with a strained response, “Not bad.”
Breslin and Rottmayer work on an escape plan, hence the title of the movie, but have a big obstacle. The prison they are in is afloat in the waters near Morocco. Although the film has entertaining moments to be sure, the violence and language categories place it well outside of Dove’s family friendly perimeters so this one doesn’t earn our Seal.