Inescapable Reviews

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Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
March 18, 2013
Clearly meaning Inescapable as an act of love, Ms. Nada, a Canadian filmmaker with Syrian/Palestinian parents, has instead done a great disservice to her gene pool and our film-loving sensibilities. Irksome would be a more appropriate title.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
March 1, 2013
The movie suffers from the conflict between its potboiler instincts and the filmmaker's understandable need to acknowledge the brutality of Syria's secretive regime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 22, 2013
The film tries to meld politically charged personal drama with the action-movie tropes you'd expect in a story set in the Middle East. (Chase through a crowded marketplace? Brawl at the hamam? Check!)
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
February 22, 2013
The plot unfolds at a nice clip, but at no point does director Ruba Nadda evade expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
February 21, 2013
Doesn't have the juice normally associated with such violent entertainment. Its interest in characterization is admirable, but there's little firepower where it counts the most.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News
February 21, 2013
The movie could just as well be set in Islamabad, Nairobi or any city Westerners find threatening. (It was filmed, in fact, in Johannesburg.) It would look about right on a cable channel at 9 p.m.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2013
One hopes "Inescapable" is only a momentary stumble for this promising filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 21, 2013
A Canadian nonthriller that plays like a heavily sedated hybrid of "Taken" and "Not Without My Daughter" ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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February 21, 2013
Inescapable is Nadda's first foray into thriller territory, and her inexperience shows in awkwardly mounted fight scenes and clumsy car chases, not to mention an almost fatally explanatory script.
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 21, 2013
This international thriller-sparked by a nice, unexpected Marisa Tomei performance-starts off promisingly but trails off into cheap melodrama.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 21, 2013
Muddled and inert despite the best intentions, this inescapably dull thriller plays like a Middle Eastern take on Liam Neeson's "Taken."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
February 21, 2013
It's a deeply confused movie, sometimes productively so.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 20, 2013
Ruba Nadda's 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Gala Presentation is an okay actioner of the political mystery intrigue type.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 20, 2013
The fight scenes are repetitive and the plot meanders, but the acting is superb.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 20, 2013
Waiting for Inescapable to finally reach its unearned, sentimental conclusion is a tiresome experience, but seeing Tomei submit to its badness is several measures worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 20, 2013
Feels like a not-very-skillful attempt at making a certain kind of movie...repeatedly trips over its own shoelaces, calling attention to distinct story-telling shortcomings.
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
February 19, 2013
Inescapable isn't a terrible movie, but absent its ripped-from-the-headlines setting it's unremarkable.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
February 18, 2013
The film spins its wheels for almost an hour until collapsing under the weight of exposition that renders the mystery nearly besides the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 31, 2013
A thriller based in Syria with grainy photography, absurd coincidences, one that is stiffly acted with stilted dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2012
This soft fiction pales before the hard facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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