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Movie Review Of The Thriller Beauty : No Escape

No Escape, as the name suggests, is movie where in escaping is the only option to survive.

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The movie begins with Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) transplants his family – wife Annie (Lake Bell) and young daughters Lucy (Sterling Jerins) and Beeze (Claire Geare) – from the familiarity of Austin, Texas to the incongruity of an unnamed, unstable south Asian nation. They meet Hammond (Pierce Brosnan) on flight a person with rugged looks and a harsh voice but a soft nature.

They take a flight from Austin, Texas and land in this new place and there they wait for their pick up. But unfortunately no one come to pick them up. That’s when Hammond makes an entry and helps them to find a ride with him back to the hotel. While they are en route to the hotel they see that there is some unjust amongst the people on the streets and there are military commandos all around. Hammond and the Dwyer family arrive at the hotel and they go to their respective rooms. What initially looks like a promising new start turns into a nightmare. A coup and the resulting unrest make the environment toxic for foreigners – especially those associated with Jack’s new employer, a multinational conglomeration understandably demonized by the rioters. As the situation becomes increasingly dangerous for the Dwyers, with their hotel under siege and the American embassy sacked,  Hammond comes to their aid.

About 90 minutes of the movie’s 103-minute running time are devoted to the escape. The setup is economical and, once bad things start happening, they cascade. Jack and Annie are forced to make desperate, life-threatening decisions. An outstanding  scene involves a leap from the top of one building to the roof of another. The gap is perhaps less than ten feet but the way in which this is choreographed is enough to stop your hear beating. Check it out for yourself.

The movie contains a few graphic scenes of people brutally killing each other with wrenches and crowbars, this movie definitely gives you chills by the way the couple handle the children to keep them off harms way. The movie comes to and end when the Dwyer family finally gets success in acquiring a boat which helps them to cross borders and enter in Vietnam.

Brief Synopsis:

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Cast: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare, Sahajak Boonthanakit

Date: 2015-11-24

Screenplay: John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle

Run Time: 1:43

Rating: “R” (Violence, Disturbing Images, Profanity)

Genre: Thriller

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