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Exclusive: Poster Premiere for Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist

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March 16, 2009

Exclusive: Poster Premiere for Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist

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."

The Escapist

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.

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  • Conrad
    Excellent poster. i've wanted to see this ever since I first heard you talking about it. It sounds great and the little I've seen of it make it look proper. When does this arrive in Toronto?
  • dexter
    Nothing new here, very similar to the wallpaper.
  • Aequitas
    Its a preety good heist movie. Its not mindblowing by any means but all the performances are solid and the ensemble cast deliver great performances.
  • http://rocken.com rocken
    cool film. i gave it a 3 out of 5.
  • Silver
    Damien Lewis is one of my favorite actors he is amazing (as Charlie Crewes in "Life"). I can't wait to see this one.
  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000115/ Buttons
    I liked this one alot.
  • 1234
    It's not a heist film, it's escape from prison. And it is fine up until the end, which is very disappointing.
  • http://www.lekkerleip.nl Rickmeister
    Didn't like this film very much. Everything was off. Mediocre acting, mediocre screenplay, mediocre production-design and so on. I would rather give 1.5/2 out of 5.
  • John J
    It's available on DVD in the UK
  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    I gotta say that after reading your review from Sundance I was quite excited for this, but I felt it really let me down. It was slow paced and I didn't care too much for the ending. A film about an escape plan should be suspenseful and the editing in this film really took away from that. Going back and forth between the planning and the actual escape didn't allow for much character development, though it was superbly acted. If you like dialogue driven prison films than this is for you, but it's by no means even close to anything like The Green Mile, Shawshank, or even The Last Castle. It was way too hard to keep track of all the characters with the dim lighting and abundant cut scenes between the future and the present. Definitely worth a watch though because it's better than most of the drivel currently out there.
  • dp
    watched this on sat tv here in middle east last night it's as good as i was led to think it would be

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