Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The surprisingly good No Escape more than holds its own against the driftwood of August films.
Review by Matt CummingsAugust films are a lot like the game of kickball we all played as kids. The best (June and July films) get picked first, while the poor fat ones (August) get reluctantly chosen and for good reason. Simply put, August has seen more than its fair share of bombs and utter disappointments (see Vacation, Fantastic Four); luckily, the family survival thriller No Escape is not one of them. It's easily the most refreshing, surprising, and intense films of the summer, even though its miscast lead is totally out of his league. When Engineer Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) is forced to take a job with an American corporation in an unnamed South Asian country, he relocates his young children Beeze (Calire Geare) and Lucy (Sterling Jerins), along with his wife Annie (Lake Bell). Just as they arrive, the prime minister is assassinated, instigating a violent coup. Masked revolutionaries begin to target Americans, whom they believe have bankrupted their country and stolen its precious water supply. This places Jack's family in the crosshairs of a tightening noose of violence that neither he nor Annie can defeat. But with the help of the friendly British party guy Hammond (Pierce Brosnan), they make their way to the Vietnam border, hoping to find sanctuary from the spiraling chaos. The result will see the Dwyers tested to their physical and emotional limits, as they're forced to witness the grim reality of life outside their once perfect lives. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.