The Escapist (2001)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller, Escape Film, Prison Film  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon directs the revenge thriller The Escapist. Escaped convict Ricky Barnes (Andy Serkis, Gollom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) breaks into the house of commercial pilot Denis (Jonny Lee Miller) and kills his pregnant wife, Valerie (Paloma Baeza). The baby survives but Denis is too distraught to care for it, so relative Christine (Jodhi May) steps in to take over the parenting duties. Denis then stages an elaborate plan of revenge by faking his own death and turning into a criminal. After being caught and convicted, he makes several failed attempts at escaping prison in an effort to mimic his enemy, Ricky. Denis is taken to increasingly higher security prisons until he is at the same one as Ricky, leading to a violent conclusion.




convict, pilot, prison, prison-escape, revenge