• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ruba Nadda
    In Theaters:
    Feb 22, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 2, 2013
  • IFC Films

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Inescapable Reviews

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Sam Adams
AV Club

It's a deeply confused movie, sometimes productively so.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

February 21, 2013
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ruba Nadda's 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Gala Presentation is an okay actioner of the political mystery intrigue type.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

February 20, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The fight scenes are repetitive and the plot meanders, but the acting is superb.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

February 20, 2013
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The film is shaped as a political thriller, but the emotion of a desperate father looking for his child makes Inescapable accessible; the stakes are personal.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2012
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch

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.

Full Review Source: CultureCatch

March 18, 2013
Robert Levin
amNewYork

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 Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2013
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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!)

Full Review Source: The Wrap

February 22, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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The plot unfolds at a nice clip, but at no point does director Ruba Nadda evade expectations.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

February 21, 2013
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News

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.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News

February 21, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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One hopes "Inescapable" is only a momentary stumble for this promising filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 21, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A Canadian nonthriller that plays like a heavily sedated hybrid of "Taken" and "Not Without My Daughter" ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 21, 2013
Ella Taylor
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 21, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

This international thriller-sparked by a nice, unexpected Marisa Tomei performance-starts off promisingly but trails off into cheap melodrama.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 21, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Muddled and inert despite the best intentions, this inescapably dull thriller plays like a Middle Eastern take on Liam Neeson's "Taken."

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

February 21, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

February 20, 2013
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

February 20, 2013
Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
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Inescapable isn't a terrible movie, but absent its ripped-from-the-headlines setting it's unremarkable.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 19, 2013
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

February 18, 2013
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A thriller based in Syria with grainy photography, absurd coincidences, one that is stiffly acted with stilted dialogue.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

January 31, 2013
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