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Review: If like me you can only imagine Owen Wilson as the funny guy from Wedding Crashers or Zoolander then like me you are going to be very surprised by how serious and outstanding performance he delivered in No Escape.
When Jack (Owen Wilson) took a new job, one of its requirements was to move and so he and his family took upon the new adventure to leaving the USA and move to Southeast Asia as the manager of the new water plant. But as they arrive to the hotel, things in the city starts to deteriorate. As they settle in the hotel, Jack takes a moment and walk around the vacity trying to find an American newspaper, in an attempt to find out the current situation in the city. But little does he know that soon he would find himself in the middle civil unrest.
As he drama unravel, Jack finds himself in the middle of a fight between locals & the police, he tries to make it back to his family but not without becoming a victim of the locals wrath. The film explores the difficulties Jack’s family went through in an attempt to stay safe. While the film creates stereotypes and at times it vilifies a culture, it also shows the struggles and oppression government imposed over its people.
As Jack and his family run throughout the streets of a city they don’t know trying to hide from people who are trying to kill them, they find help with locals and a stranger who seem bent on putting his life in danger in an effort to keep them safe.
I enjoyed this movie and I was very surprised to see Owen Wilson in such a serious role. The nonstop action kept me at the edge of my seat. Pierse Brosnan brings his charm and good looks to a film that focus as much on violence as it does on race and stereotypes.
If as a viewer you make an effort to look past the racial and sterotypical assumptions of a culture you will find yousrself enjoying the movie as much as I did. Keep an open mind and focus on the family struggles an not on the cultural represetation which is sadly flawed.
This film has a lot of violence and scenes that can be considered no apt for children so be cautious.