No Way Out Reviews
Gripping story, tightly told with palpable, almost unbelievable tension.
But such dreams are tragically cut short when Brice shows up at Susan's doorstep after a long weekend vacation with Tom. Demanding to know the identity of the man she was with, Brice grows steadily violent and inadvertently kills her in a jealous rage. He plans to turn himself in - but his moral ideas are marred by Scott Pritchard (Will Patton), his faithful assistant who decides it would be much smarter to construct a massive cover-up than face the downers of a life-destroying scandal.
Ironically, Tom is assigned to investigate the matter, unsure of which move to take. He did, in fact, see Brice enter Susan's home that fateful night. Trouble is, he was there only moments before he arrived - evidence could very well point to him. He has two options, neither of which make for a fitting serving of justice. Tom could either (1) blurt out the truth, only to have no one believe him and end up being accused himself, or (2) go along with the investigation as if he knows nothing, avoiding follow-ups of evidence that could lead to his arrest.
Aside from a score that sounds as if it were birthed by the same synth loving maestro that concocted the Lifetime-esque musical excitement of "The Pelican Brief," the thrills of "No Way Out" are abiding and taut, so tight that the tension appears to be snugly surrounded by a life-sized rubber band of turmoil. It could have easily worked as a romantic thriller, Costner and Young working as a believable couple attempting to run away from the influence of the mighty Hackman - and the way its steamy foundation pulls us in is a sign of a good thriller. We end up liking the leading characters a great deal more than we do in most films.
So when the ball drops and all hell breaks loose, "No Way Out" never lets up, every turn being a wrong turn, every action of the protagonist having to be extremely calculated in order to ensure his own safety. We are completely riveted, and Costner makes for a hero worth rooting for. Young's winning portrayal makes her death all the more sensitive, with Hackman jerking our emotions as a man left with no options, Patton a terrifying villain drunk with power. Few cinematic roller coasters barrel through our adrenaline valves the way "No Way Out" does: it is an essential '80s stunner.
The uneven storytelling and dull dialogue make it a very uninteresting movie, so even good direction cannot help.