Escape from Pretoria2020
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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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.
Annan knows how to grip, his story accelerating with a jittery rhythm, while Radcliffe's eternal earnestness fits the bill neatly.
I did like this film a bit. It is more linear... but it is a good performance for Daniel Radcliffe especially.
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.
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.
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