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No Escape

August 28, 2015 by Alison Bailes divider image

Owen Wilson and Lake Bell are known primarily as comedic actors but both turn in gripping dramatic performances in this run of the mill, American Tourists in Jeopardy, action thriller. With a screenplay that only focuses on its Caucasian leads, “No Escape” risks being this year’s “The Impossible”…the Naomi Watts disaster flick that turned a […]

Owen Wilson and Lake Bell are known primarily as comedic actors but both turn in gripping dramatic performances in this run of the mill, American Tourists in Jeopardy, action thriller.

With a screenplay that only focuses on its Caucasian leads, “No Escape” risks being this year’s “The Impossible”…the Naomi Watts disaster flick that turned a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands of locals killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, asking us to rejoice in the survival of five white Anglophones. Similarly, Wilson and Bell, and their two endangered daughters take center stage among a sea of warlords and machete wielding thugs who pursue them with a Javert-like monomania after a bloody rebel coup.

The stage is an unnamed Asian country that looks a lot like Thailand (and it was primarily shot there) but could easily be Cambodia or Myanmar. Just as Jack (Wilson) and his picture-perfect family arrives from Texas to take a job with an American water company, the prime minister is assassinated and a blood-thirsty rabble takes to the streets killing any and all foreigners. Holed up in a fancy western hotel, Jack witnesses the merciless carnage and must make tough decisions to save himself and his family. The rest of the film is spent running and dodging bullets while hundreds of extras bite the dust in varying gruesome ways. Continue reading here…


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