Will they make it out alive? "No escape" looks to be one of the surprise hits of 2015 after many movie-goers have expressed their disappointment with the current film season. The film definitely builds tension and suspense in the trailer which does a good job at sucking the viewer into the situation of being trapped in a foreign country during a violent conflict.
Here's the plot synopsis:
In their new overseas home in Southeast Asia, an American family finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
The plot sounds interesting but it could be argued as a cliche since an american family gets trapped in a foreign country and has to escape without getting killed. There is also the concern that this film plays upon Americans irrational fear of foreign countries given the current state of our world and the growing anti-american sentiment in the middle east. The way foreigners are depicted in the film could be considered offensive to some since it depicts them as violent and xenophobic. While this is just a film to entertain audiences it is important to take into account the impact this film will have on topics such as foreign interactions and xenophobia.
The cast for this film is also interesting since we have Owen Wilson channeling his performance from "Platoon" but this time as father determined to keep his family safe as they navigate a dangerous country. Then we have Pierce Brosnan playing an undercover agent who helps Wilson's character protect his family. Lake bell being in this kind of film is a bit surprising given her resume. No Escape looks compelling and intense enough that it could reach its target audience and deliver at the box-office. If you are into these kind of films then you might find good entertainment value in this kind of movie.
"No Escape" hits theaters August 26, 2015