No Escape

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There’s nothing better than a movie that puts you on the edge of your seat – and keeps you there – the action, thriller No Escape, does exactly that. Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) is an engineer who takes his wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two daughters with him to build a water system in a third world country in Southeast Asia. The family is only in their hotel room one night when the phone and television stop working. Jack wants to read the newspaper so he goes out to try a find one written in English. While Jack is out he meets a British man named Hammond (Pierce Brosnan) who he talks to for a few minute, then heads back to his hotel. On the way back he watches as police are attacked and killed by an angry mob, then the mob turns their violence on westerners – especially Americans. Jack later learns that local rebels don’t like that the west is working on their water system and other infrastructure in their country, so in a coup they murder their Prime Minister before they turn their violence on innocent people. (Yes, I’m blind but I still can’t see the rationale in that thinking.) After some rather tense moments, Jack leads his family to the roof of the building along with dozens of other people where a rebel in a helicopter shoots at them. Jack and his family escape by jumping from roof to roof, riding a motorcycle through the streets, hiding in alleys, and finally fighting their way to a small boat. (I’m exhausted just remembering it.) Halfway through their escape, they are captured only to be rescued by Hammond and finding out he works for the British Secret Service. (No, this isn’t a James Bond film.) I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much from this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised and talk about sitting on the edge of your seat, I think I fell off twice. This film is fast paced, brutal, and has plenty of thrills. The action and violence actually felt real and not, well Hollywood-ish. Another unexpected surprise was the performance by Owen Wilson as a man trying to save his family. Wilson and Bell are fantastic together and make the perfect couple trying to stay sane while the world around them crumbles. This isn’t a perfect movie by far and I could find a lot of faults with things like an overly simple plot and lack of character and story development, but who cares it’s a truly exciting film. I’m giving this gritty thriller a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.