Lifer Frank Perry is determined to break out of prison and assembles a crew to help carry out his plan – right hand man Brodie, hardman Lenny Drake and resident drug dealer Viv Baptista. As they prepare the breakout, Frank’s focus is distracted by the arrival of a young con, Lacey, who reminds him of days long gone. As the new kid on the block, Lacey also attracts the sadistic attention of Tony, the drug-addict brother of wing-king Rizza, putting their plan under threat. Action, adventure, escape – this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to adrenaline pumping end.
Solid British Crime Film
- Escapist review by CP Customer
I took a chance with this film, mainly to see Brian Cox in a lead role, which he’s warranted for sometime and was pleasantly surprised. The introductionary credits installed a sense of Guy Ritchie fear, but thankfully Rupert Wyatt avoids many of the clichés to deliver a solid and enjoyable prison break romp. Far superior to anything we’ve had from Mr Ritchie and his British clones of late. The story may not seem original at first, but the way the film delivers the course of events certainly is refreshing. Excellent editing and directing keep you hooked until the predictable ending, and the cast all seem to get stuck in. The restrictions of the budget are fairly obvious with small sets and a handful of actors, but this helps create the gritty environment and assists the impression of being a prisoner in a confined world. No wonder Frank and his colleagues are willing to risk everything to escape it.