Friday, August 28, 2015

No Escape (2015)
Releases August 26th 2015
1 hr 41 mins
Rated R


Director: John Erick Dowdle
Writer: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle

Owen Wilson as Jack Dwyer
Lake Bell as Annie Dwyer
Pierce Brosnan as Hammond
Sterling Jerins as Lucy Dwyer
Claire Geare as Beeze Dwyer
Spencer Garrett as Recruiter
Karen Gemma Dodgson as Woman #1
Byron Gibson as Hotel Guest #1
Sahajak Boonthanakit as Kenny Roger

Review by Stephen M.

If there is a movie that will have you think twice about visiting a third world country, No Escape is it.  The movie focuses on Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) and his family as they become expats in an unnamed country that strikingly resembles Thailand (it was filmed there) that is set to explode via a coup.  The militants and its followers are blood thirsty for foreigners who they feel are subjugating its people to poverty.

This is the only drama that I can recall ever seeing Owen Wilson in and I have to say I am very impressed.  Besides Owen, Pierce Bronson is also great as Hammond, a man of mystery that has some skills that resembles a former British agent role he use to play.  What will have you talking about the film though is how realistic the actors portray their characters, especially with the family aspect, and those two scenes on the roof that has your jaw dropping.  Owen Wilson may not be the next action hero, but it's nice to see him at least wet his feet a little in this aspect.

With regards to the overall plot however, there are a few questionable things.  From the restless savages the natives are portrayed to be, to the ridiculous questionable choices by the family in several regards.  Of course, the latter is just to build more tension such as (spoiler - highlight text to read) letting a child wander off on her own in a foreign country to a swimming pool.  And given their circumstances, perhaps the probability of their survival is just a little inflated since it is a movie.

Overall, I would recommend this film, unless you are planning to travel to a third world country soon for the first time.  The film is full of drama and tension that will have your hair rising on your skin.  However it isn't for the squeamish, with the brutality of the militants in indiscriminately mowing down and hacking up anybody that gets in their way.  The ending is also a bit hokey as well, but still a good watch in my opinion.


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