Urban Dictionary defines “campy” as “being so extreme that it has an amusing and perversely sophisticated appeal.” That pretty much hits the nail right on the head for this movie. This film is about a professional prison escape artist, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) escaping a super-prison with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character. Go ahead, laugh.
I’m not going to lie – this movie surprised me. At first, I thought, “Why am I doing this to myself? It’s going to be another unwatchable movie like ‘Cliffhanger.’” But to my surprise, the cheesiness actually worked perfectly and complimented ‘Ahnald’s’ artistically written one-liners every time he challenged someone to a prison fight, no matter how much I shook my head.
As far as I am concerned, the beauty is in the flaws. Every time Stallone’s character has a stupid and impossible plan, it works almost perfectly. That is completely okay because he was Rambo. Just go with it.
This is all about good guy versus bad guy, and it does not get much more complex than that. It does not need to, because that is what Stallone does best – plan, run, shoot, make building explode, fly away in a helicopter full of bullet holes. Along with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cheesy one-liners, you will want to watch this action-packed thriller again and again.