Escape Plan: The Extractors

Featured In Issue 242, August 2019

WSR Score3.5
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In "Escape Plan: The Extractors," after security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Beslin's girlfriend (King) is also captured. Now he and his team, which includes Trent (Bautista) and Hush (Jackson) must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director John Herzfeld and Actors Sylvester Stallone, Devon Sawa and Daniel Bernhardt; a making-of featurette (HD 10:03); upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is dramatic in imagery with an overall dark veneer effectively using spot lighting to create intrigue and suspense. The prison setting is real enough to be an effective setting for much of the action. Color fidelity is good, even in generally dark locations. While mostly rendered in dark blues and grays with browns throughout, no one color jumps out. Explosions light up the prison grounds and add to the excitement. Fleshtones are naturally hued. Contrast is excellent, with stylized imagery using black levels and shadow delineation, offset with lighting effects to create an engaging picture. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially during closeups. Textural resolution nicely depicts realism of the settings. As the picture is generally dark with low-light dark environments, to fully appreciate the cinematography one should view the movie in a darkened or black environment. This is a well-crafted picture that delivers a stylish visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is robust and strong with an emphasis on an aggressive low-frequency foundation. Sound effects are powerful, from hand combat to gunfire. Prison cell closures and other atmospherics are intense. The orchestral score is very dynamic with superb bass response that extends deep. Along with the sound effects, bass extension is in the sub-20 Hz frequencies. Explosions are intense. Surround energy is very aggressive, not in the discrete localization sense but fully enveloping. Directionalization is focused on the soundstage. The music extends wide and deep in the soundstage and aggressively to the surrounds. Dialogue is intelligible and strong with good spatial delineation. This is a thrilling soundtrack with strong dynamics, bass extension, and holosonic® engagement. (Gary Reber)