2. Giants: They are a little beat up at cornerback, but their pass rush should be able to compensate while they get healthy.
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Brian Urlacher returned to the practice field on Monday. Should the Bears let him play on Sunday vs. the Colts or should they hold him out to be ready for the Packers on Sept. 13?
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Stupid but fun, "Escape Plan" takes place largely in a secret prison, a massive honeycomb of glass and steel where the black-clad guards sport masks out of "V for Vendetta" and the worst criminals in the universe have been collected, like trading cards, in order to be "disappeared" far away from prying governmental eyes.
But what's this? Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, trying to break out together? Arnold spouting wild-eyed threats in German? Sly looking and sounding precisely the same after repeated sadistic beatings? "Escape Plan" wins no points for neatness. It barely tells its story straight. The action's not especially well-staged or shot. But it's a tick or two up from "The Expendables," the movie that brought these two together, albeit briefly, the first time.
The project flirted with the titles "The Tomb," the prison's nickname, and "Exit Plan," which sounded more like a corporate bankruptcy brief than an action movie. The plot's ridiculous. Security whiz Ray Breslin (Stallone) wrote the book on jailbreaks and how to prevent them (title: "Compromising Correctional Institutional Security"), and his job, a lonely one, is infiltrating various facilities and then busting out for a fee.
Then comes a dilly: a new, privately funded facility in an undisclosed location. Ray's business partner, played with clever comic effrontery by Vincent D'Onofrio, urges him to take on this Everest of prison-break assignments. Inside the prison, Ray realizes he's been double-crossed by someone — the CIA? — and isn't getting out any time soon, unless he can persuade fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to join forces and soar to freedom, bodies a-flying all the way.
The script trips over itself with some klutzy side plotting involving the protagonists' pasts and motivations and such. Screenwriters Miles Chapman and Arnell Jesko aren't above recycling the lamest possible comebacks for Sly ("You say that like it's a bad thing," he says at one point, for the nine billionth time in the history of American popular culture.).
Happily, better-than-expected actors keep turning up in "Escape Plan," including D'Onofrio, who turns his affably bizarre character with the distinctly Chicago accent into a symphony of germaphobic hand-sanitizing. Sam Neill plays the conscience-stricken prison doctor; Amy Ryan is Sly's business associate and maybe-sometime-lover; Jim Caviezel lends a cool, purring menace to the persnickety warden. (He may well be the grandson of Hume Cronyn's warden in "Brute Force.")
The director Mikael Hafstrom has made better films ("1408") and worse ones ("The Rite"). This one puts a couple of movie monoliths together, with their combined 131 years of experience. It's a fairly good headbanger. And one of Arnold's mid-brawl wisecracks drew a legitimate whoop from the red-meat crowd: "You hit like a vegetarian!"
"Escape Plan" - 2 1/2 stars
MPAA rating: R (for violence and language throughout)
Running time: 1:56
4. Ravens: The offense should be better than ever, but the Ravens still need to figure out how to replace linebacker Terrell Suggs.
5. 49ers: This team is so solid all-around that it's difficult to envision them not being highly competitive.
6. Steelers: Losing guard Dave DeCastro was a blow for the Steelers, but they have dealt with offensive line injuries well in the past.
7. Texans: Everyone expects them to be good. But with a little luck, they can be better than that.
8. Bears: This team needs Brian Urlacher not only to be on the field but also to play like he did in 2011.
9. Chiefs: The more you see of this team, the more you like it.
10. Lions: Matthew Stafford and the Lions receivers might be able to pass for 800 yards against the Lions secondary, which is both comforting and disturbing to Lions fans.
11. Falcons: This team has flown way under the radar through the preseason, but that might not last long.
12. Saints: With defensive end Will Smith suspended for four games and Aaron Kromer feeling his way as interim head coach, the Saints could get off to a rocky start.
13. Eagles: The heat is on Andy Reid, but he usually responds pretty well in such situations.
14. Bengals: If the Andy Dalton-to-A.J. Green combo is better this year than last, the Bengals will be for real.
15. Broncos: Now that we can be reasonably sure Peyton Manning can still tear the heart out of a defense, there is good reason to believe in this team.
16. Chargers: They have had some tough injuries early, but the Chargers can get through them if their defense plays as well as it can.
17. Panthers: This Panthers offense is starting to look like it can be very scary for opposing defenses.
18. Raiders: It might take some time for new coach Dennis Allen's program to start hitting on all cylinders, but there is some talent here.
19. Titans: Quarterback Jake Locker has looked good so far — let's see if he can keep it up when the games mean something.