I had no burning desire to see Escape Plan, the new action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, when it's your day off and it looks like the best thing on offer at your local multiplex, it may as well be worth a look. And it is.
It's clear from the off that this film has its tongue firmly in its cheek, and it is fully aware of how absurd it is. However, self-awareness isn't a license for producing something as utterly stupid and witless as The Last Stand.
One thing that becomes crystal clear when watching Inferno, the feature-length John Herzfield documentary on the making of the first Expendables film, is that star, director and co-writer Sylvester Stallone is very, very serious about The Expendables.