“Escape from Alcatraz” is a prison break film as sparse as a jail cell, and as calculating as the man able to free himself from it.
Don Siegel’s final collaboration with Clint Eastwood is based on the true account of three men who managed to flee the most infamous island fortress in America. Their fates - drowned or liberated - are just about all that’s left to ambiguity in Siegel’s work.
After a fistful of partnerships between Siegel and Eastwood, the duo seem to have lost their zest for explosiveness. Eastwood in “Alcatraz” is languidly over-controlled. His gruff aggression from “Dirty Harry,” and his libido-chasing energy from “The Beguiled” dull here into passivity.
The single mindedness with which Eastwood pursues…