After an American family relocates to an Asian country, they
soon find themselves trapped in the midst of a national uprising.
No Escape (2015)
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle
Starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan,
Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare, Sahajak Boonthanakit
No Escape was a brutally realistic action thriller that shows how tourists would handle a coup in a foreign country. I consider myself pretty open-minded, but I'll admit to being a little afraid of leaving the country after watching this film. It's tough to watch at times, but that intensity and suspense will most likely disappear upon a second viewing. Still, when you're watching it for the first time, No Escape certainly keeps your interest and even scares you sometimes.
I never would've figured Owen Wilson to be the guy I'd be rooting for in an action thriller, but he does a decent job. Wilson's likability and charm makes him the ideal protagonist to get behind as he fights through impossible circumstances to get his family to safety. I highly enjoyed Pierce Brosnan's performance as the mysterious British agent who helps them escape the city. I wish he'd had a bigger role, though, as I found his character very interesting and fun to watch. I liked that No Escape did not have a definitive villain. It was all about man vs. society at its absolute worst. Few films can use this trope to depict a realistic national uprising, but this one pulled it off.
I don't understand the backlash behind this film. I enjoyed every second, from its gradual buildup to its pulse-pounding finale. The characters are likable and the situations are quite dire. It's not for the faint of heart. There are a number of cringeworthy scenes that remind the viewer of how real this movie is attempting to be. I hope that No Escape gets the attention it deserves one day. At the very least, it warrants a chance.