Owen Wilson proves his worth as both a leading man and an action star
Story by Adam Winn, Staff writer
When it comes to most thriller films nowadays, they either turn out to be exceptionally good or painfully bad. Luckily, this film falls into the first category. Are you looking to watch a movie that is nail biting and full of on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense? Then look no further. You get all that and more in the new film “No Escape.”
This movie centers on a family who has just recently moved from the United States to a poorer part of Southeast Asia because of the father’s new job opportunity. However, not long after arriving, the family is thrown into the middle of a civil war that starts after the murder of the prime minister. Once the family realizes what’s going on, it’s already too late and they discover they are trapped in an unknown city. Their only way of survival is being ten steps ahead of the savages who are trying murder them.
This film contains practically non-stop action and suspense to the point that you are constantly wondering what the writers are going to throw at you next.
One scene in the movie shows the father throwing both of his daughters off of the roof of an extremely tall building on to the top of another building to save them from being murdered by the attackers. The suspense in this scene, as well as with the suspense in several other scenes, is very intense and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The film stars well-known actors, such as Owen Wilson of “Wedding Crashers,” Lake Bell of “No Strings Attached,” and veteran actor Pierce Brosnan, known prominently for his role as the title character James Bond in the “007” franchise.
All of the acting is very well done, including those of the two little girls that play the daughters. There is a strong family dynamic between the actors in this film and the characters make you truly care for them and hope for their safety.
Most people who know of Owen Wilson’s acting career notice how most of his roles are comedic and how he’s usually typecast to the comedy genre, so with this film it was refreshing to see him change it up and take on a much more serious role that he did great job acting in.
The editing was also top notch and added extra suspense to the scenes throughout the movie.
The current IMDB rating for “No Escape” is rated a 7 out of 10 stars and it has a 72 percent audience score on the Rotten Tomatoes movie review website.
With that said, this film is not perfect. There are some moments and scenes in the film that felt like they drew out too long, but the quality of the rest of the film makes up for these minor flaws. The movie also contains a couple of unrealistic moments, such as a character popping up out of nowhere and saving someone from being killed. The ending of the movie, while not bad, seemed to be a little anti-climactic.
The film is overall a pretty great thriller, with an amazing plot that’s worthy of your time and money because it constantly has you craving more. If you’re looking for the perfect date night movie, something good to watch with your friends or you just really enjoy thriller films, then this is a movie I suggest.