No Escape Movie Review
Sometimes you want a layered flick with complex characters and fleshed out villains. Sometimes you just want to see the world burn, and No Escape certainly falls in that category, an exciting, visceral action-thriller that keeps yours adrenaline pumping from beginning to end.
The movie, which features the unlikely pairing of Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan, flopped in theaters and was apparently accused of xenophobia, because it’s about a white, American family who become the hunted in an unnamed Asian country after a military coup. But xenophobic or not, No Escape is one hell of a rush and arguably one of the better movies of 2015.
Wilson delivers a surprisingly strong performance in the lead, surprising because No Escape is neither funny nor cheesy (see Behind Enemy Lines, Wilson’s other foray into the action genre). Lake Bell isn’t given as much to do as his wife, but still matches him stride for stride when given the opportunity. And it’s good to see Brosnan back shooting a gun.
But the real power of the film lies in its simplistic, fast-paced nature: John and Drew Dowdle have crafted a finely tuned escape thriller in which the characters are rarely safe and almost always on the run. Danger and death lurk around each corner and the suspense is constant. Thankfully, the filmmakers mix things up enough to keep the picture from becoming repetitive.
The film’s only real fault is that the Dowdles become a bit too obsessed with slow motion at times--while effective in some cases, there are a few times where its use is wholly unnecessary, if not cheesy.
No Escape won’t win any awards, but this is a must-see for any action fan.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.