No Escape

Owen Wilson’s last non-comedic role was in 2001’s Behind Enemy Lines. It was tense, real and showed his potential as an actor. Since then, he has almost declined into an abyss of type-cast ‘comedy’ films, where he plays rather silly portrayals or silly narratives for films that barely make back their budget. Until now, alas the reign is now maybe over, as he plays a serious role in the serious film, No Escape...

Directed by John Erick Dowdle (and co-written with his brother), the film begins a little like World War Z, but more of a travel disaster. John (Owen Wilson), Annie (Lake Bell) and their two children move half-way around the world to Malaysia for his work purposes. On arrival there is an underlying sense that society has crumbled, there is a culture shock that is very different to what they, or most cinemagoers know or expect.

Unaware of the cities turmoil, Jack finds himself in between crowds of riot police on his left, and even bigger crowds of rebel terrorists on his right. All hells breaks loose. Jack must find his hotel, find his family and get to safety. It echoes the zombie break-out scenario, but rather than death-ridden monsters, it is local protesters looking to kill tourists who are responsible for new political water schemes in the country. Fuelled by adrenaline and panic, the next hour passes quite fast…

It is an expert mix of tension and narrative crossing over to create genuine fear throughout, and the characters seem in real danger and though they may not survive the ordeal. This is where Owen Wilson shines and proves that he can still act. From the small character establishment at the beginning, the calm before the storm, and then the full-on ‘oh-my-god-help’ tornado of helpless genocide, the characters become relatable. What would you do in the scenario? How would you cope? Would you survive? … All very good points that the film raises, and puts you into their shoes.

Rating:  4 Star Rating

No Escape arrives in UK cinemas on 4th September 2015.
You can watch the trailer by clicking here.

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