A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is about social media and "need" to generate more views, more likes, more subscribes via increasingly intense content. Unfortunately, it has little to say on the subject other than stating the obvious.
Positive Role Models
Main character is a self-obsessed livestream internet star whose main concern is "content." He has a group of friends, but they seem assembled around him rather than with him. Very little indication of teamwork or friendship. Cast is somewhat diverse, but main character is a White male.
Violence & Scariness
Brief scenes of women being tortured. Characters are shot, blood spurts shown. One character beats another to death, slamming his head on ground. Naked corpse shown; character cuts into the corpse with a scalpel, removes a key from the bloody entrails. Other blood and gore shown. Characters strapped into various torture devices, given electrical shocks, nearly drowned, killed with saw, shoved down elevator shaft. Guns are drawn and used to threaten. Table full of bloody torture tools. Man threateningly hits on a woman in a bar. Bar fight with grabbing, shoving.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couple in bed together. One character leaves another's hotel room in the morning. Same-sex and opposite-sex kissing. Sex-related talk. Naked male corpse, penis shown.
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Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "motherf----r," "bitch," and "idiot," plus exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ," "oh my God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Multiple vodka shots and social drinking, brief drug-snorting in a nightclub.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that No Escape (formerly titled Follow Me) is a gory but unsurprising horror/thriller about a livestream internet star who goes to a deadly escape room in Russia and finds himself in over his head. The violence isn't quite at "torture porn" levels, but women are threatened and subjected to torture devices, including electric shock mechanisms and tanks filling with water. Characters are killed, and there's plenty of blood and guts. Viewers will also see guns/shooting and fighting. It's suggested that characters are having sex (a couple lies in bed together, and one leaves another's hotel room), and there's kissing. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "motherf----r," and more. Characters enjoy vodka shots and snort drugs in a nightclub. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A vague copycat of the successful Saw franchise formula, this horror/thriller lacks interesting puzzles, likable characters, and memorable shocks and has an unsettling level of violence toward women. The generically titled No Escape -- which originally had an equally generic title, Follow Me -- focuses on a group of diverse friends, though they seem forced together by the script, rather than sharing an organic chemistry. There's very little personality in any of them. Cole is self-obsessed and thinks only about "content," but the movie doesn't have any idea how to satirize or comment on him. That's just who he is.
The movie's various puzzles and deaths manage to be uninteresting and not particularly gory or shocking, but at the same time it's a little too interested in inflicting nastiness on the female characters. And the grand finale is sadly all too predictable, because the movie gives away the answer early on in a specifically placed line of dialogue. (It's also pretty dumb.) All of this adds up to a pointedly unmemorable movie, largely springing from the fact that it's next to impossible to care. No Escape will inspire viewers to head for the nearest and most accessible exit.
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