Tensions Run High in ‘No Escape’

Thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat are always a winner, and ‘No Escape’ gives audiences exactly that. Tensions run high as a young family (led by Owen Wilson’s character Jack) find themselves in the middle of a Southeast Asian country, one they had to move to following Jack’s new job move. While their move is uneventful at first, chaos is quick to ensue and they soon find themselves in a middle of a terrifying coup, with some lawless elements who seem to have made it a mission to kill all foreigners. The escape that they try to do keeps audiences glued to the screen for the entire movie.

Defying Expectations

Defying Expectations - MovieTheaterPricesSurprisingly, this movie is actually good, and is one of Owen Wilson’s finest. Not only is it refreshing to see him in something other than the comedies he’s so known for, but he actually delivers as the desperate father trying to make sense of the situation and keep his family out of danger. It’s a little disorienting at first to see him playing this role, but it is actually reminiscent of his ‘serious’ stance in Behind Enemy Lines, and you see no trace of the comedian that he’s known to be.

Playing his other half is Lake Bell as Jack’s wife Annie, who also excels in the supporting role. Owen delivers, but he is perfectly complemented by Pierce Brosnan’s character Hammond, the mysterious Brit that they meet in the country and who help them with their “escape”. Pierce Brosnan plays his role perfectly well, and his performance is reminiscent of his days as James Bond.

The unexpected tandem between Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan carries the movie along, but the nerve-wracking plot is really what keeps the movie interesting from start to finish. There are some amazing action sequences and scenes that will just blow your mind and make your heart pump so fast you don’t know what hit you. While it’s set in an unnamed Southeast Asian country, it was shot in Thailand and that contributed to the authenticity of the movie. Your senses are awakened and it’s a movie you won’t soon forget.

Like the best thrillers that audiences never forget, this film is also perfectly paced and sharply edited, with just the right mystery that keeps you hanging, but not for too long. When you watch this you really don’t know what to expect and that’s what keeps audiences glued to the screen. It does feel like one very long escape movie, but because of the heart-pumping action you won’t even notice it.

Commercial Success

Owen Wilson movies usually sell, and his comedies are particularly marketable. His foray into action (and a little bit of drama) is not shabby either, which can be proven when we look at No Escape’s opening weekend numbers. Shown in more than 3,300 US theaters such as AMC, Carmike, and Cinemark, and even in UK theaters like Cineworld, the movie opened with sales of $8.1. million, and its lifetime gross is now at $25.2 million.

The success of ‘No Escape’ proves that Owen Wilson can be successful in genres other than comedy, and he can be one of those versatile actors that go from one genre to another as the need arises. This venture into action with a side of suspense is a bold move for someone who is known mostly for making people laugh, but it’s a well-calculated move that has given him critical and commercial success. A lot of that is attributable to this movie and how well it is made.

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