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  Rated R · 103 minutes · 2015

Action, Thriller
At first glance, it looks like another Liam Neeson flick about beating up cartoon foreigners, but No Escape wants to be Something Serious, even though it’s from horror filmmaking brothers John Erick and Drew Dowdle, and it stars comic actors Owen Wilson and Lake Bell. The Dwyers of Austin, Tex.—hear all that without Wilson’s trademark drawl, because it’s nowhere in earshot here—and their little girls have just moved to an unnamed Asian country where Jack, an engineer, will bring clean drinking water. But turns out the locals are angry at the Western corporate colonialism his company represents, and pick that very moment for a bloody uprising. Once you get past being startled at how unexpectedly fierce Wilson can be, and past the cultural narcissism that Western corporate colonialism is only an issue when it impacts a nice white rich American family, No Escape is actually enjoyably intense as the Dwyers have to get the hell out of dodge amidst violent revolution (getting help from Pierce Brosnan’s shady covert operative). It’s not very plausible, but it’s occasionally the stuff of seat-gripping and breath-holding.

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Director: John Dowdle
Producer: Drew Dowdle, Michel Litvak, David Lancaster, Gary Walters, Jeffrey Stott, Andrew Pfeffer and Steve Alexander
Cast: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare, Spencer Garrett, Byron Gibson and Sahajak Boonthanakit

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