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Tonight on TV: This never-released action movie is one of Sylvester Stallone’s worst failures

Escape 2: One of Sylvester Stallone’s biggest box office flops

After a first part released in 2013 which was a great success at the cinema (over 130 million dollars in takings), the saga Leak has the right to a second part five years later, again starring Sylvester Stallone, but without Arnold Schwarzenegger (replaced by Dave Bautista in a supporting role). This second film, entitled Escape 2: Hades’ Labyrinthit is stripped of theatrical release and released direct-to-video in France and other territories.

Stallone reprises his role as Ray Breslin, a security expert who specializes in escapes from maximum security prisons. The film begins with the capture of Shu Ren, one of Breslin’s collaborators, during an event gone wrong. Shu Ren finds himself locked in Hades, a technologically advanced prison where inmates are forced to fight in deadly games to preserve their place. Breslin, determined to save his friendhe gathers his team for a rescue mission.

They quickly discover that Hades is more than just a prison; it is an AI-controlled labyrinth, where prisoners are continuously monitored and their every movement is analyzed. The plot thickens when Breslin and his team realize they must not only escape, but also dismantle the system to prevent further injustice.

A huge failure and big consequences for the future

With an estimated production budget of $20 million, Escape 2 it only brought 17 million worldwide. In addition to being a commercial failure, the film was also very poorly received by viewers, with one of the worst ratings for a Sylvester Stallone film. Among our colleagues atAlloCiné, its viewership rating is only 1.6/5 with rave reviews, qualifying the film as “nanny” or “bad TV movie.” Internationally it doesn’t fare much better with an average of 3.9/10 on the site IMDB showing more than 35,000 viewer reviews.

This failure had direct consequences on the third part of the saga, Escape 3released direct-to-video in 2019, which only had a minimal budget of $3.6 million.

Source: Cine Serie

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