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No Escape

Out Of Theatre
28 Aug, 2015 1 hr 45 mins U/A
Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare
Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare
John Eric Dowdle
The film is undeniably shallow fun, but fun nevertheless.

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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.
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Mauli Agarwal
nice movie
Mauli Agarwal
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