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Times of India
Story: Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), a hydro engineer battling recession, displaces his family to an unnamed Asian country. His wife Annie and two daughters were already wary about being uprooted. A sudden coup in this unspecified country pushes them to embark on a harrowing survival journey.
Review: There is no escaping the fact that No Escape, despite all the bludgeoning, is a guilty pleasure you'll be tempted to take. The loopy script ridden with shameful cliches ends up taking a backseat, as you get on this roller-coaster ride.
John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle exhibit their fluency with the horror genre by creating similar jump-out-of-your-seat thrills. The film weaves a macabre ambience, incorporating the genre's quintessential props to frighten audiences.
The film's weakest link is its story that is painfully cliched. We are told about a coup d'etat but never the political context. The story doesn't bother exploring the reason for the locals' hatred towards America. In fact, the locals in the film loiter around like zombies, with hardly any dialogues to mutter. The narrative never focuses on the socio-political issue, wrapping it up in a jiffy. The movie then breezily shifts its attention to the Americans stuck in the torn-down country, desperately struggling to get out.
What works here is that the end product is a slick, pacy thriller. There is a spine-chilling sequence in the film in which Jack throws his daughter from a high-rise, while escaping from a group of insurgents, and she lands with a thud in her mother's arms.
Parental paranoia is beautifully captured by Owen. He owns every perilous frame skillfully. Former Bond actor Pierce Brosnan remains largely unused in the film but is enchanting to watch in the scenes he features in.
There are glimpses of the director duo's terrific work. Along with cinematographer Leo Hinstin, they mount a terrific assassination scene, which begins with glasses and ends in gore. The film is undeniably shallow fun, but fun nevertheless.
This is Owen’s first non-comic film since 2001
The film was delayed because of which the original lead actress Michelle Monaghan dropped out, due to her pregnancy when she was replaced by Lake Bell.
The movie’s original title was The Coup.
The film’s release was pushed by 6 months due to shooting delays.
While shooting in Lampang, the building where they were filming caught fire but everyone came off unscathed.
Michelle Monaghan was earlier roped in to play the lead but opted out due to pregnancy and the delay in film shooting.
The film was earlier titled 'The Coup'
The country where the coup happens is never named.
The political reasons for the coup are sketchy and since the film claims to be a political thriller, it is questionable.
Hammod’s background and profession is never revealed. Is he a security agent, a traveler, a government employee?
A hydro engineer Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) is struck by recession and with dwindling fortunes staring at his face, Jack along with his wife Annie and two daughters, aged 7 and 10, respectively move to a Southeast Asian country (which in all likelihood is Thailand). Jack takes up a job with an American conglomerate that is working on improving the water quality of the country. The locals rise up in rebellion against the Prime Minister, who is killed in this coup. From then begins a horrifying tale where the local insurgents turn into blood thirsty monsters, going from room to room killing Americans.
Barely, within a few hours of Jack and Annie landing in the country, they are caught. With internet, phone lines and everything down around them, Jack steps out to buy newspaper only to realize that they are amidst a serious political uprising. He flees for his life and armed rebels attack the hotel they are staying in. The many point of the insurgents is to kill any foreigners they encounter.
Hammod, a mysterious Brit tourist, protects this family. They reach the building's terrace expecting help but a helicopter with revolutionaries in them, opens fire at the unarmed foreigner. Jack realizes to save his family he must reach the American embassy in order to escape from the country.
When they begin moving towards the embassy, they are attacked multiple times. The most horrifying example of parental paranoia is when Jack has to throw his little daughter down from a building, hoping she lands in her mother's arms.
They brisk escape through the rough terrain of the city, makes it even more difficult for them to escape smoothly. With curfews in city and blood thirsty men trying to kill his children and rape his wife, escape isn't any easy. Pierce Brosnan's Hammod makes an elaborate speech about how security agencies like his and corporation's like Jack's are responsible for causing grievances to the locals, whose lives take a beating because of their ploying ways.
It is a repetition of attack-save, chase game between the Jack's family and the revolutionaries. In the final scene, when they eventually are on the brink of escape, Jack learns a lesson about survival, treasuring family and how living closer to his roots is all about feeling the security and familial love. Though neutrally speaking, the film harps excessively on the perennial American fear of staying away from their homeland, in this film; there is a tinge of racist commentary depicting Asians as evil people. Somewhere as the narrative unfolds and the film approaches its end one can't help but wonder if the film's understanding of the issue is extremely unidimensional.
'No Escape' revolves around the life of Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), a hydro engineer battling recession, who displaces his family to an unnamed Asian country. This pacy thriller has received some good responses on Twitter.