No Escape may be the very first movie I've ever seen where it's somewhere in Asia, but the location is never actually said. Maybe Asia is just...a bad continent in the eyes of the Americans and so anywhere, the same could happen. Well, it's close to Vietnam apparently, so sooner or later because of the internet, we'll all know. So, Owen Wilson's character Jack and his wife Annie played by Lake Bell (those names Jack and Annie are the name of the siblings in the Magic Tree House books, did you know?) with their two daughters have to move, or perhaps stay for a little while in Asia while Jack must participate in an engineer job. Right now is a very bad time to be an American there though, because word just got out that the leader of the country got assassinated during the time he and the prime minister of America were having some sort of democratic meeting. Think of it like a sequel to The Interview or Not Without my Daughter and you get the picture. It's like they had a child. Before his family knows it, an uprising has started that has turned the entire country into The Fury (pun from the Alexander Gordon Smith novel.) And it's now up to Jack to find a way safely out of the country.
I think that Pierce Brosnan is a great actor, or at least a great action star. I haven't seen many movies with him in it, other than this one and the recent movie Survivor, but he was great in both roles, though I wish he had a little more to do in this movie. He still otherwise is great in this role as Hammond. And trust me when I say when the action begins, it doesn't get turned down. He and his family are like the last white pawns and king on the chessboard. There are so many close calls and not all of them are simply, calls. My favourite part was once the action begun. Even before that, it was nice, displaying African culture with a hint of wind chimes in the soundtrack. Wilson walking through the streets reminded me of the time my friends Jamie and Joanna went to Japan for six weeks, and were two of the only blondes on the streets. There are more guns here I think then in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, or just as much, and I like how it both uses giant tanks and stealth without preferring one over another. But when the kids got involved, the action got a little undermined. I admit, having two girls (especially ones named Lily and Beeze) make the situation have more gravity. But when a kid gets involved, I want them to have some use other than that. Even Iron Man 3 had that with Ty Simpkins. My least favourite part of it all was when Jack had to throw his daughters between roofs and Lily sort of interfered. I should've been clutching my eyes and my hand over my mouth in awe, but I was just impatient for the scene to be over. Lake Bell's character also acts this way, like none of them have seen an action movie before. I understand they were terrified, but they're so confused and sometimes stupid that I didn't mind what happened to them. I know, I'm heartless, I know, but there was this episode of the 60's TV show The Fugitive, based on the movie, where Richard Kimble meets Sam Gerard's son, and he turned out to be a massive disappointment that kept disappointing. And the movie doesn't really end. It simply, stops. One moment, the guns are pointing this way, the next that way. I was still never bored though. A movie that had me never bored is usually worth my money.