Family faces 'No Escape' in pulse pounding film
No Escape is the harrowing story of a family trapped in a country undergoing a revolution. Owen Wilson and Lake Bell star in this nail biter that featured good storytelling, tight camera work and a musical score that heightened the breathtaking and downright scary aspects of the film.
Set against the idea of corporate and political corruption that citizens decide to throw off, the new American family that has moved into the area becomes a target for the rebels because they are a part of the corporation that is trying to use a waterworks to control the population. Of course, this is only touched on in a small speech by Pierce Brosnan, then the bullets fire back up and the family is on the run again.
There is no one man army, and no snarky Wilson to destroy the story, which is ultimately about doing whatever it takes to save the family. While both Wilson and Bell kick an appropriate amount of ass, there is never any ridiculous American heroism that infects so many films from Rambo to the Taken series. Instead, there is blood, violence and a whole lot of running.
No Escape is one of the few stories that successfully uses the “17 hours earlier” convention that oftentimes is a substitute for good storytelling. In this case, however, the convention adds to the suspense and sets up the tension of the film before the main characters arrive on the screen. It also sets up the culture and the idea of political corruption that is not found much in the film.
The intense film should play well to the expat crowd, but with the dearth of good films (Straight Out of Compton may be the exception) at the box office over the last couple of weeks, it should have some legs. Hold your breath for about 90 minutes, the emotional pay off will be worth it.