No Escape: Film Review

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Due to the casting, I expected No Escape to be this light, dumb action movie but it is not AT ALL. It is so intense and stressful to watch and Lake Bell and Owen Wilson prove that they are more than capable outside of comedy.

Wilson and Bell are Jake and Annie, a married couple who have moved to Southeast Asia with their two girls as Jack has landed a job with a water company. After only a day in their new country, they are caught up in the middle of a coup – the natives are furious that Americans are taking over their basic amenities and are killing off all foreigners.

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I have never seen Lake Bell in anything besides comedy, but she is brilliant in this. I wasn’t as convinced by Wilson, but he was still pretty damn good. Like I said already, this is intense, bloody and way more violent than I was expecting. They both fight and get involved in some really uncomfortable scenes. The action kicks off within the first half hour and then it is just relentless and I just wished this family could catch a break. It is go-go-go and you have no idea how they are going to make it out alive. The most stressful scene for me was the roof jumping, which I watched through my fingers.

Pierce Brosnan also stars as this mysterious British expat and his accent and general demeanour was odd. Also the camera work on the action scenes was a bit nuts so I couldn’t understand what was happening at times. But those are basic problems, No Escape is a non-stop thrill ride and some moments are so tense I was holding my breath. You just don’t know what is going to happen. I enjoyed it a lot and I definitely let out a sigh of relief when it finished.

In cinemas Friday 4th September 

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