Review: No Escape
A film well worth seeing, but with perhaps too much violence.
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No Escape follows Wilson’s character Jack Dwyer who is forced to move his family to Thailand in search of a new life after his Texas business goes under.
However, it is not long before their dream move becomes a nightmare.
The sale of a local waterworks causes huge social unrest, as local people believe the government are gradually handing over control of the surrounding area to big US companies.
The government falls, and with it goes law and order. The Dwyer’s must escape a mob desperately seeking the blood of Americans as revenge for the extraction of Thai water.
Their hotel is surrounded, the mob is armed to the extreme, and help is nowhere to be found.
There appears to be No Escape.
This isn’t a natural move for Wilson. He’s starred alongside Vince Vaughn in hits like The Wedding Crashers and The Internship, and, of course, he was the doting puppy owner in Marley and Me.
But it is too his credit that this roster is almost instantly forgot when watching the film. In fact, the only time Marley popped back into mind was when Wilson’s character was forced to barbecue a Thai dog.
He is well supported by a cast including on screen wife Lake Bell (What Happens In Vegas, It’s Complicated), and Pierce Brosnan (James Bond, Mamma Mia!).
While his East London accent is anything but convincing (think Terry Tibbs), Brosnan manages to bring humour to an otherwise violent and gruesome film.
If there is a downside to the film, it is the disproportionate bloodshed the viewer is forced to witness. In initial scripts, the mob was to be formed of a radical terrorist group, however the film makers scrapped that idea, in favour of disgruntled locals.
It is hard to believe a waterworks would lead to hundreds of people, as well as a ruler, being murdered.
With recent headlines generated in the Middle East, it is easy to see why production companies may not be too keen on glorifying terrorism. Having said that, several scenes in the film bare a spooky resemblance to the stories coming out of ISIS controlled territories.
It would appear that writers have had to turn up the cruelty and killing in the storyline to separate No Escape from a crowded marketplace including fairly recent releases White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen, which follow a similar structure.
Therefore this may not be one for the whole family - themes including rape, torture and all round brutality are pushed to the forefront of the film.
A special mention should also be made for Claire Geare and Sterling Jerins who star as the Dwyer daughters. They are on screen for almost the entire duration of the film, but still manage to maintain the high standards set by Wilson and Lake.
The production is well cast, well timed, well scored, and well worth seeing.