Escape Plan 2: Hades is a 2018 action film thriller and the sequel to Escape Plan. It stars Sylvester Stallone and Huang Xiaoming, and co-stars 50 Cent, Dave Bautista, Jaime King (replacing Amy Ryan), Jesse Metcalfe, Titus Welliver, and Wes Chatham.
After escaping the Tomb from the previous film, Ray Breslin has started his own security company alongside Hush and Abigail. With recruits Shu, Kimbral, and Luke aiding Breslin, together the team solve crises around the world, rescuing hostages and sabotaging terrorists' schemes. One year after a rescue mission is botched, Shu and his cousin are kidnapped and imprisoned inside of a facility known as HADES, which was built by former Tomb creators. As Breslin and his group try to form a plan to rescue Shu, they soon realize that someone is targeting the team.
It has a sequel called Escape Plan: The Extractors note .
This film provides examples of:
- The Alcatraz: Just like the Tomb, Hades was designed to be escape-proof — the prisoners are all kidnapped and rendered unconscious, and when they wake up, they're already in Hades. The guards this time around are mostly robotic, and the whole facility is controlled by an A.I. known as Galileo. The prisoners' cells are locked with impenetrable barriers that Galileo can instantly turn on or off, prisoners can be zapped with painful electricity inside their cells, and they're forced to walk around the facility blindfolded or escorted by guards. To top this all off, it's later revealed that Hades has been built underground and can shift on its own like a Rubik's cube.
- Asshole Victim: Jaspar, considering that he's nothing but a petty unfettered Jerkass who refuses to owns up to his mistake and causing so much grief for Breslin and his team just for being fired, aside from causing so much misery since he built the prison while making a profit on the side. His death is very well deserved.
- Big Bad: Jaspar Kimbral is the warden of Hades, and he's the one going after Breslin and his team.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jaspar Kimbral spends most of the film pretending to be a helpless prisoner to fool Luke and Shu, when he's really the warden.
- Bread and Circuses: The warden of Hades feeds the inmates and allows winners of fighting matches two hours of "sanctuary time" in order to keep them in order. He also does it to build up their hope, and then bring it all back down.
- Demoted to Extra: Breslin has considerably less screentime here than he did in the previous film. Most of the movie is spent from Shu's point of view as he tries to escape Hades from the inside.
- The Dragon: Gregor Faust, a.k.a. The Zookeeper, who is also the warden's Torture Technician.
- Evil Is Petty: Kimbral kidnaps and imprisons part of Breslin's crew because he was still upset over getting fired by Breslin, and he wanted to show that he was "better" than all of them. He had no reason to go after Breslin's crew other than pure spite, especially since by this point, he's already become the warden of his own, successful prison and has made a name for himself.
- Fun with Acronyms: H.A.D.E.S. stands for High Asset DEtention Service.
- It's Personal: Jaspar Kimbral's main motivation for going after Breslin's crew. He wanted revenge for getting fired from his crew.
- The Man Behind the Man: Towards the end, it's implied that the man in the suit Kimbral reported to was either his boss or one of the Tomb creators who helped him build Hades.
- Neck Snap: How Breslin kills Kimbral.
- Never My Fault: When Kimbral is fired from Breslin's company for accidentally getting a hostage killed, he never once owns up to his mistake. He even goes as far as saying that the hostage probably would've died during the extraction anyway.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Happens three times: once to Yusheng, once to Shu and Luke, and once to Breslin.
- Sequel Hook: Just before the credits roll, Breslin tells the suited man Kimbral reported to that he's gonna find him, which will most likely happen in The Extractors.
- Smug Snake: Jaspar Kimbral is an overconfident narcissisist who thinks he's better than everyone because he relies on logic and technology.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer spoils a large amount of the third act, including Breslin getting kidnapped and imprisoned, and Breslin fighting Kimbral and snapping his neck.
- Wardens Are Evil: The warden of Hades kidnaps people—innocent or not—and tortures them in order to extract information from them. When he's not doing that, he's forcing the prisoners to fight each other like animals.
- Wham Line: Just before the third act, the movie drops one hell of a revelation:Shu: "You work for the prison."Kimbral: "I run the prison."