Exclusive: Poster Premiere for Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist
by Alex Billington
March 16, 2009
IFC Films just sent over the official poster for The Escapist, the British prison escape film from Sundance last year that stars Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, and Joseph Fiennes. This incredible little indie deserves as much as love as it can get, as it's truly a fantastic film full of great performances. It's one of my favorite films of last year, although it's only just hitting theaters this upcoming April. Not only did it make my list of the 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See but I ranked it as my #1 favorite film from Sundance that year. So do yourself a favor, check out the official poster below, and also watch the trailer if you haven't seen it yet.
Brief excerpt from my Sundance review: "This movie just rocked me to the core... Great characters, a well-written plot, an intricate escape plan, and that damn score, are all part of what made this my favorite film."
Frank Perry (Brian Cox) is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When he learns that his daughter has become ill, he is determined he make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists - misfits with a mutual dislike for one other but united by their desire to escape their hell hole of an existence.
The Escapist is directed by first-time French filmmaker Rupert Wyatt. It was co-written by both Wyatt and newcomer Daniel Hardy. This first debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year, where it was bought by THINKFilm at the time. When that company shut down last year, IFC Films came to the rescue and picked this up. The Escapist will hit theaters on April 3rd in New York and April 10th in Los Angeles.