Looks like overseas screen writes experience serious topographagnosia when it comes to Belarus. First, it was Netflix which made Belarus a part of Russia, now it is an American prison action thriller ‘Escape Plan: The Extractors’.
A movie shows security expert Ray Breslin (played by Sylvester Stallone) arriving at a non-existent Mazyr airport in Belarus. Or is it a military base?
He is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison called Devil’s station. And this is where weird geographical stunts start to happen.
Judging by the synopsis, the prison is an American and Stallone’s friend is waiting for him in Tallinn. By the way, Tallin is not actually in Estonia, turns out, it’s Minsk micro-district – Uručča.
During the phone call, the men agree to meet there tomorrow and specify where the secret prison is located. “This lousy place is located three hundred kilometres from Belarus.”
Stallone’s character along with his team flies to Belarus Mazyr, where his Estonian friend is already waiting for him. And finally, we are told that the secret prison is practically in Belarus!
It is in Dervanishki, a tiny village near the Latvian Daugavpils – 10 kilometres from the Belarusian border and 20 kilometres from Braslav. In reality, of course, there is no prison in Dervanishki.
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