The Escapist

The Escapist

Rupert Wyatt (2007)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director Rupert Wyatt's feature debut begins with lifer convict Frank Perry (Brian Cox) attempting a break-out to be with his critically ill daughter. But what separates this prison thriller from more traditional jailbreak movies is the use of time-shifting flashbacks, as the tale cuts back and forth between the escape and earlier events. Having involved other inmates from the assortment of punks, bullies, drug dealers and drag queens inhabiting the cellblock corridors in key planning aspects, Perry's getaway through tunnel, sewer and underground train systems doesn't go quite as imagined. Unfortunately, the stylised, fractured structure tends to undercut the suspense, even though the redemptive finale reveals the unusual reason for its use. Nevertheless, Cox anchors the drama with a strong, silent mystique and there's sterling support from Steven Mackintosh (as a vindictive psycho) and Joseph Fiennes (as the muscle in Perry's crew).


A convict serving a life sentence is resigned to never being released, until he learns that a drug overdose has left his estranged daughter seriously ill. Afraid she will die before he can make his peace with her, he decides to tunnel out of prison - but is forced to make some dangerous bargains to carry out his plan. British thriller, starring Brian Cox, Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes.

Cast & Crew

Frank Perry Brian Cox (1)
Lenny Drake Joseph Fiennes
Brodie Liam Cunningham
Viv Batista Seu Jorge
James Lacey Dominic Cooper
Tony Steven Mackintosh
Rizza Damian Lewis
Frank's wife Bernadette McKenna
Frank's daughter Eleanor McLynn
Doctor Phelim Drew
Director Rupert Wyatt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Vertigo DistributionGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVDReleased on: 20 Jun 2008