Monday, December 14, 2015

Film Review: No Escape

“No Escape” is an action-packed yet far-fetched roller coaster ride.

Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, and Pierce Brosnan star in “No Escape,” which tells the story of a well to do American family that gets caught in the middle of a merciless government coup. One good thing about this film is that their chances of survival are slim and their journey is intense which in turn gives audiences heart-pounding action that keeps them on the edge of their seats.

 The film starts with the stereotypical plot of an unsuspecting, innocent family entering an unknown territory, when things are suddenly disrupted as a country-wide coup occurs. This event occurs suddenly with little backstory which may be a deterrent for those looking for more socio-political substance, I consider this a major downfall for the film however “No Escape” has intentions of action and not politics.

The casting choices are extremely  interesting for this film. Owen Wilson who is mostly known for comedy roles is paired with Lake Bell who is known for a diverse array of films. Surprisingly Wilson and Bell mostly do well in the chemistry arena with only a few moments of doubt. They seem to thrive as a couple facing dire straits and their desperation for preserving the lives of each other and their family seems genuine. The only moments where they lack chemistry is during their transition into southeast Asia, but that could also be interpreted as tension from the move or the often monotony of marriage.

Pierce Brosnan is by far my personal  favorite of this film and proves he is capable of more than his “Bond” style action characters. He’s a drunken sloppy, violent, mess of a man and more of an anti-hero in “No Escape” which is  quite a surprise and actually opens a new spectrum of his acting range. For those that love the new edgy style of Bond films, some may be asking for a reprisal from Pierce Brosnan after seeing “No Escape.”
While missing in story, the strength of this film lies in the action sequences and  overall setting. Both of these  blend together in a way that guides the audience through the film in a somewhat panicked state. Not only does the film dictate emotion through its environment but its environment is also supplemented with a plethora of practical stunt work and props rather than a slew of CGI. This adds an intense  realism to some of the films very unrealistic situations.

Overall “No Escape” has its flaws on a cinematic scale but it also excels in areas that other films do not.  This would have been a better film had the plot no transitioned so quickly into fast-paced action however in this genre its fitting and cuts through a lot of the garbage of owning up to its genre.