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Escape from Pretoria (2020)



Critic Consensus: Escape from Pretoria doesn't quite do justice to the fact-based story it's dramatizing, but that lack of depth is offset by suitably gripping jailbreak action.

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Based on the real-life prison break of two political captives, Escape From Pretoria is a race-against-time thriller set in the tumultuous apartheid days of South Africa.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

The pleasure here is in the fine detail, and Annan makes sure we feel every scrape of chisel on wood. The characterizations are not deep, but that's part of the genre.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Annan knows how to grip, his story accelerating with a jittery rhythm, while Radcliffe's eternal earnestness fits the bill neatly.

March 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's the nervy camera, hugging the characters at hip height, the better to scrutinise each locked barrier to freedom, that most successfully builds the tension.

March 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I did like this film a bit. It is more linear... but it is a good performance for Daniel Radcliffe especially.

March 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Almost everything that's enjoyable is a variation on stuff you've probably seen in superior prison movies, though Radcliffe's haunted performance is exceptionally compelling.

March 6, 2020 | Full Review…
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Annan's film works effectively as a straight-up jailbreak thriller, well-oiled in greasy B-movie tradition. It's when it shoots for more historical import that it falls somewhat short.

March 6, 2020 | Full Review…
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