Thanks to MM2, I got to catch No Escape a few days before it opens in Malaysia on 3rd September. The screening was at GSC Paradigm Mall, which was awesome for me cos it wasn't too far :D That, and there were other shops at Paradigm that I wanted to visit :p
So did I like the movie? read on to find out what I think about it! I have tried not to mention any spoilers, so no worries that you might accidentally read something that you didn't want to know.
Synopsis: American businessman Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), wife Annie and their two young daughters arrive in Southeast Asia to begin a new life. As his company plans to improve the region's water quality, the family quickly learns that they're right in the middle of a political uprising. Armed rebels attack the hotel where they're staying, ordered to kill any foreigners that they encounter. Amid utter chaos, Jack must find a way to save himself and his loved ones from the violence erupting all around them.
Verdict: 7/10. The story begins with the assasination of the Prime Minister, and flashes back a few hours before the incident happens, and Owen Wilson and his family run for their lives, at one point helped by a CIA Agent, Pierce Brosnan and his counterpart.
I loved the plot of the story, because it is a situation that can really happen, what with all that's going on in the world nowadays. However, personally I felt that the movie lacks story development, in the sense that the explanation of why the coup happened was done just to satisfy those that wanted to understand why it happened (lol I don't know if I make sense). But it wasn't explored further, and the entire movie was just running away from the rebels that orchestrated the coup. There wasn't a deeper development into what was the trigger to the coup. If there was a bit of backgrounder, I feel that would make more sense to me.
It was one of the few serious roles that Owen has played in his entire acting career, and I must say, it is quite a refreshing change for him, and I really like it. I feel that his ability to switch from comedic roles to serious ones makes him a versatile actor. Lake did quite decently well, but I can't say much for the two little girls. I know it's just the storyline and they are supposed to act that way, but they are too annoying for me. If I was in a life or death situation, I would listen to whatever my parents told me to do, not run off to my daddy when I was told specifically to stay put with my mother, or complain that my feet hurt when we're running for our lives.
The filming itself was done quite well, not very shaky (at least not that I noticed), and the arrangement of the cameras was strategically placed. All in all, if you are looking for a thriller purely running on adrenaline, then you would like it, but otherwise if you are someone who wants a deeper connection to the story, then be ready to be disappointed.
So would you catch this in the cinemas? Let me know in the comments below!
Til the next time, stay beautiful!