An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Directed by John Erick Dowdle and written together with his brother Drew, NO ESCAPE stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.
Director: John E. Dowdle
Cast: Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins.
Release Date: Aug 26, 2015
Rated: R for strong Violence Throughout, and For Language
Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min.
John E. Dowdle’s No Escape feels like a mash up of The Purge: Anarchy, The Warrior and Hostel. It’s a tense mess of a film that really hits all the worse clichés of the dangers abroad genre. Dowdle’s direction is fairly strong as he ratchets up the tension to insane levels particularly during the first half of the film. Sadly, there’s little to no characterization of any of the characters and only the thinnest and cheapest of explanation about the coup that sets off the action. Pierce Brosnan appears disappears, reappears and disappears for good from the movie remaining the most interesting character in the whole production. Owen Wilson and Lake Bell deliver solid work hitting all the panicked notes you can think of. They’re continually frazzled and on edge but seemingly have time for some family discussions regardless of whatever is going on. There’s logical plot holes left and right even as the film beats its message over your head with it literally spelled out for you. And then, just like that, it’s over since the escape route was conveniently close and far enough to keep the film rolling.