Rent Alcatraz (2018)

2.0 of 5 from 59 ratings
1h 23min
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America's most infamous maximum-security prison Alcatraz, home to the country's most dangerous criminals, is considered to be an impenetrable fortress. The inmates formulate an escape plan and on the 2nd of May 1946, their fight for freedom begins as they take several guards hostage and attempt to break out of the institution. But the prisoners didn't count on the Warden's determination to maintain Alcatraz's fearsome reputation. Soon they are facing not only the Warden's officers but the might of a military team led by a tough General who believes in fighting fire with fire. Only the most brutal and cunning will survive.
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Rebecca Graham, Robert Graham, Andrew Jones, Harry Willis, Tom Willis
Andrew Jones
Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
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Run Time:
83 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1

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Economically told character thriller. - Alcatraz review by NP

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From the prolific stable of Andrew Jones and North Bank Entertainment comes this rare step away from the horror genre. ‘Alcatraz’ is a fairly large story told economically. Whilst occasionally flawed, it works rather well.

While we spend much time in the company of the escapees, we don’t really get to know them because they are pretty much one-note. Not a criticism, but Clarence, for example, is the decent stoical type and remains so, whilst Joe (Patrick O’Donnell) begins as the scowling ‘big man’ who scowls until the very end. So, while there’s no deep psychology going on here, the characters are interesting enough to carry the film.

Instead of dwelling on the physical demands and derring-do of an actual prison escape, Jones’ script deals instead with the relations between the characters (mainly male, with Jones regular Harriet Rees playing Alice, Clarence’s sister), mainly played by talented English actors sporting American accents. Alcatraz interiors were filmed in Brighton, Bristol and San Francisco, whilst there is lots of establishing location filming at the exteriors of Alcatraz prison. My score for this is 7 out of 10.

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