A married couple’s life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.
There’s not much I can say about this movie without giving some of it away, but if you’ve seen the trailer, you know the story already. And let’s be honest, do I really need the “SPOILER” tag for this one? It’s a jailbreak movie. Seriously, you know what’s gonna happen here.
So here’s the idea: Lara (Banks) gets arrested for murder, and her husband John (Crowe) takes care of their son while she’s incarcerated. After a couple years, he’s on the verge of bankruptcy from trying to get her free through appeals and working within the system, and she’s all but given up. Her last appeal is denied, and she’s going to be moved. It’s John’s last chance to get her out, but this time, the system can’t help him.
I thought this movie had a very good, if unique, opening. There’s a guy dying in the backseat, asking John to take him to a hospital.
Yeah. Then we find out that’s in our character’s future, and we rewind all the way back to three years ago, where we find John & Lara at dinner with some friends, being the happily married couple all of us aspire to be. Cool, that means we get to see the buildup, the arrest, get some exposition without being lectured to by a character onscreen. Always best to show, not tell.
From there, we see the pain and torture that both John & Lara go through at being separated, and a brief flirtation with the uber-hottie single mom Nicole (Wilde). John realizes that it’s up to him to save his wife, and he begins work on a way to spring her from prison.
Of course, not all can go to plan, and Lara finds out she’s being transferred in just three days due to the rejection of her last appeal. Now he has just 72 hours to plan and execute their escape. That’s where the action comes in, and I’m not gonna ruin it for you.