Parents' Guide to

No Escape

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Forced thrills can't hide this movie's ugly xenophobia.

Movie R 2015 103 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 17+

Joyfully disorienting

After reading some of the reviews, I find that I disagree with many of them. The movie is very good, fast paced, and I think while maybe not totally realistic a real thriller. If you’ve ever been caught in New Orleans, New York City, or a Third World country, where a parade or celebration pops up out of nowhere, I found this scenario close enough. The race to survival was exciting and I’ll give the movie a 8 out of 10 which for the most part is a must watch.
age 18+

Not realistic action movie

Its all about violence and the story is not very realistic. Everyone around this family dies but they stay totally unharmed, even if a tank is shooting at them. Seems as the whole country is after this american family LOL!!! Halfway the movie i decided to go to bed.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (6):

It's horrifying to consider just how this movie operates, generating so-called thrills based on a blind, empty-headed fear of foreigners. Adding dumb plot twists and bad shaky-cam makes for an insultingly poor movie. Coming from the otherwise decent horror director John Erick Dowdle, No Escape is surprising in its blatant xenophobia -- some might go far as to say racism -- with evil-looking, unidentified Asians, none of whom has any honor or dignity, shooting at Americans and attempting to beat up and rape white women.

It doesn't help that the characters are stuck with bad storytelling, including unlikely logic, forced incidents, and flat-out cruelty, as when Jack decides to throw his daughters off a roof, or when he beats a potential informant to death. The unstable cinematography, meant to simulate chaos with lots of shaking, makes things worse. Brosnan's character actually has a purpose, but it's too little and too late to save this abhorrent movie.

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