2010 film directed by Paul Haggis (''Film/{{Crash}}'') and starring RussellCrowe and Elizabeth Banks.

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!!Tropes:
* AdvertisedExtra: The trailer makes a reasonably big deal about the fact that Liam Neeson is in this movie. He appears for maybe five minutes total.
* AssholeVictim: Desperate for cash, John eventually decides to rob a [[spoiler: meth lab. A drug lord and a dealer is dead as a result.]]
* AwesomeByAnalysis: When you realize how much planning a mere ''teacher'' put into his wife's escape, including timing how long it'd take for their pictures to get to bus stations and air ports and [[spoiler: leaving a garbage bag of map scraps with misleading photos]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Banks, when her character learns no one believes her story about bumping into the murderous junkie and she's never leaving prison [[spoiler: and again when her husband makes the decision to leave their son behind]].
* DynamicCharacter: In the beginning we see John as a mild-mannered and caring professor and family man. As the movie goes on he becomes a steely-eyed [[TheStrategist strategist]], accumulating all the skills and the cold mentality to pull off a jailbreak.
-->'''Damon Pennington''': But before you do anything, you have to ask yourself if you can do it. Can you forget about ever seeing your parents again? Can you kill a guard? Leave your kid at a gas station? Push some nice old lady to the ground just because she gets between you and the door? Because to do this thing, that's who you have to become.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Elizabeth Banks goes from sleek platinum blonde to rusty, wavy brown after three years in prison.
* ForeignRemake: The movie is a remake of the 2008 French film ''Pour Elle.''
* GreatEscape: The whole point of the movie.
* IHaveAFamily: The drug lord uses the "I have a kid." variant to temporarily make John hesitate, then runs upstairs to grab his gun. He does have a son, but his wife took him away a year prior.
* NoIndoorVoice: The ID forger speaks quite loudly, due to his deafness.
* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler: Nicole looks like a potential love interest for John, but it doesn't amount to anything]].
* VomitIndiscretionShot: When John [[spoiler: almost gets caught with the bump key and is interrogated by the investigator]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: A good chunk of John's plan didn't really go as well as he would have expected, but he managed to pull it off by improvising.
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