Saturday, February 12, 2011

Prison Break: The Final Break

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Prison Break: The Final Break - 3 out of 5

The final two unaired episodes of the engaging and addicting Fox series combined to create Captain Planet--I mean, a direct to DVD movie and the definitive end to Prison Break. However, a thin premise and closure to loose ends that didn't really needed to be tied up replaces an already better ending seen in season 4 and leaves me with a taste of mediocrity that can only be comparable to a stand up comic doing jokes about airline food.

These two episodes should have remained unseen as it only hurt the integrity of the show as they open with a paper-thin premise that puts Sara Tancredi into jail for the murder of Mama Scofield. So now, the show has to officially beat the dead horse and give credence to all the critics as they have to, once again, break someone out of prison. These two episodes or movie also ties up the loose ends by fully explaining the fate of Michael Scofield and what exactly happened to Jodi Lyn O'Keefe's character; Gretchen. But there in lies the problem: I don't care about what happened to Gretchen and Michael's fate was far more interesting as a minor mystery.

Despite the weak writing (which is surprising considering how great the show was) the movie still has the incredible acting from all the principle characters. There are even some new characters brought in but ultimately provide nothing. Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) is here and seems to have some beef with former Special Agent Alex Mahone but nothing comes from it as Coates character disappears after his whole 5 minutes on screen. And then, to make matters worse, Tank Girl herself is in the film playing your generic, run-of-the-mill badass prison girl who runs the joint and is there to make Tancredi's life a living hell. That's right, Lori Petty is in this movie...gross.

All in all, Prison Break: The Final Break is a completely unnecessary replacement ending to an ending that was far superior. Ultimately, these two unaired episodes should have remained unaired.

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