Like most British movies this one sits nicely in the cult category. Like most British movies, it doesn't look like your typical feature length film with a lot more grittier and generally, dirtier feel to it.
It's your basic setup of locked up criminals, you've got your young guns mixed in with the older wiser ones, a general sense of brotherhood throughout... pretty much what you'd expect from a movie based around a jail.
I was expecting a typical escape movie with nothing out of the ordinary but to my surprise this is a very original piece. It's done in a non-linear pattern with it cutting between the present time of their escape, previous events including the planning of it, and events even prior to that.
The directing is at a very high standard, Rupert Wyatt writes and directs this piece, and as i've already mentioned the writing is superb and the directing isn't far off. He keeps the movie gritty and dirty throughout but also throws in some cinematic genius making him a one to watch in the future.
Brian Cox steps up in the lead role and boy does he step up, he steals the show with an award worthy performance...great from start to finish. The rest of the cast do a good job and make this a believable and likeable film.
Overall: The Escapist is one of the best British movies of the past decade, it really stands out from the rest. You expect just a typical escape movie filled with swearing and wannabe toughguy prisoners but what you actually get is a well crafted movie. The character development is perfect and it makes for a great movie.
Also, the ending is fantastic, a brilliant twist which you wouldn't have seen coming.
A true Gem, MUST SEE