The Escapist

The Escapist (2002)

The Escapist
5.8/10 by 9 users

Denis Hopkins, a pilot, lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle. When a gang of criminals led by the sadistic Ricky Barnes breaks into his home, he offers whatever the criminals want to protect his wife and unborn child, but the evil Ricky kills Valerie anyway. Their baby is saved, and later Barnes is arrested and sentenced to life in the maximum security prison, Sullen Voe. Denis fakes his own suicide, then assaults a police car in order to get himself arrested and sent to prison with the intention of tracking down and killing Ricky Barnes. He does not reveal his true name and is called John "What" by the prisoners and guards. Denis escapes from successive prisons, forcing his eventual transfer to Sullen Voe. When he reaches his objective, Ricky Barnes schedules a confrontation, but things do not quite turn out the way Denis had expected.

Release Date:January 1, 2002
Genres:Action, Thriller, Drama, Crime
Production Company:Sky Pictures, Little Bird Productions, Jolyon Symonds Productions Ltd.
Production Countries:United Kingdom
Director:Gillies MacKinnon, Pat Rambaut, Sabine Wührer
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  • • An eye for an eye drives a nice man to unknown depths, new talent, good plot, well shot.. •
    March 10, 2004

    A well-off pilot (?) whose wife is expecting gets the shock of his life, when somebody takes away his very reason for living. To get revenge, he must change his whole life, become a person he had previously never contemplated. A world of casual violence beckons, but the man keeps alive his belief in human goodness, just about. Without the tools or skills to live in horrible new places, he'll need friends and luck to survive..

    The locations range from great to spectacular, and supporting characters are cast solid and believable. You can feel this man's pain as everything he loves is brought into terrible danger. At times he seems to go almost mad, but by focusing totally on what he must do, he is (luckily) able to find a way to come through. Could make you cry out loud..