Escape from Pretoria

Escape from Pretoria

Escape from Pretoria

Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber (Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan) break out of Pretoria Prison in this thriller based on political prisoner Tim Jenkin's memoir.

Tim Jenkins (Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Webber) were among several white South Africans imprisoned during Apartheid on charges of "producing and distributing 18 different pamphlets on behalf of banned organisations", including the African National Congress.

2020Rating: M106 minsAustralia, UK
ThrillerTrue Story & Biography

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Reviews & comments

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite an inherently cinematic story and some effective sequences, Escape From Pretoria struggles to transcend a clunky, one-dimensional script.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A solid, if familiar, genre film with a true-history backdrop.

Variety

Variety

press

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.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

I highly recommend this film to everyone but especially those who love biopics and prison thrillers. I think it's important for people to learn this piece of history.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

3.0
Financial Times

Financial Times

press

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

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite an inherently cinematic story and some effective sequences, Escape From Pretoria struggles to transcend a clunky, one-dimensional script.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A solid, if familiar, genre film with a true-history backdrop.

Variety

Variety

press

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.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

I highly recommend this film to everyone but especially those who love biopics and prison thrillers. I think it's important for people to learn this piece of history.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

3.0
Financial Times

Financial Times

press

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

3.0

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