Dramatization of a 1960 escape attempt from The Rock. A lean, laconic prison drama with some wry touches, Escape isn’t a standard action/thriller offering, but something more meditative, and all the better for its deliberate pace and careful style. Recommended.
Two down-on-their-luck brothers plan a heist at a Nascar race. Massively confident and entertaining crime comedy, which takes the hoariest of premises (breaking out of prison to commit the perfect crime) and has lots of fun with it. Polished entertainment.
Death row inmates compete for freedom in a virtual reality gameshow. Cheap and cheerful knockoff of a dozen better-budgeted movies; everything from Battle Royale to The Truman Show. Not bad within its limitations, with a couple of good gags and a neat sign-off.
A mechanic turned drug mule has to battle the prison system to save his pregnant wife from the dealers he owes. Slow-paced but inexorable, this crime drama/horror mash-up isn’t for everyone, but is both brilliant and brutal if you can go with it.
A man wakes up in a high-tech cell, with only a voice-enabled robot camera for company. Neat one-room SF thriller with shades of Moon, Cube and 2001: A Space Odyssey. As ever, the puzzle is the thing; this just about earns its resolution.
A nameless bankrobber has to work his way out of a Mexican prison while evading the mob. Splendidly stylised black comedy action thriller, making best use of its star’s talents, and exploiting every opportunity to indulge itself in grim jokey chuckles.