No Escape

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No Escape's talented cast and taut B-movie thrills are unfortunately offset by its one-dimensional characters and uncomfortably retrograde worldview.

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American businessman Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), wife Annie and their two young daughters arrive in Southeast Asia to begin a new life. As his company plans to improve the region's water quality, the family quickly learns that they're right in the middle of a political uprising. Armed rebels attack the hotel where they're staying, ordered to kill any foreigners that they encounter. Amid utter chaos, Jack must find a way to save himself and his loved ones from the violence erupting all around them.

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  • Aug 09, 2016
    Starts out okay, but drags after a while. This film's pacing isn't particularly good, hurting an otherwise interesting story.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    Incredibly intense, No Escape is the story of a family's desperate fight for survival in the face of extreme circumstances. When Jack Dwyer moves his wife and kids to Southeast Asia after getting a job with an American company they get caught-up in a violent revolution and must find a way to get to the American embassy before they're captured and killed by the street mobs. Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, and Pierce Brosnan lead the cast, and give fairly good performances. And, the director uses some interesting slow motion techniques that intensify the action. Still, the pacing is rather slow in the first act, and the plot is pretty thin. Yet for a high-adrenaline chase film, No Escape works.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2015
    "No Escape" knows no subtlety. I was almost surprised that subtitles didn't appear throughout the movie notifying the audience of the messages and moments of pathos they were intended to perceive, in case those points were missed in the clunky script. It didn't help that the film's lead, Owen Wilson, was completely miscast -- unless a feckless, wimpy father was the hero Dowdle had in mind for his everyday American. If you are a fan of action and suspense who doesn't really care about characters or story, then the film might not be so bad for you. There are some exciting moments (even if they later succumb to the silly), so it's not a complete dud. Overall, "No Escape" is a completely forgettable film.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2015
    The film is a little too convenient in places, Brosnan who is well cast just seems to be following Wilson and his family. The storyline is good but deserved better material to work with, the relentless pace does build but to nothing
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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