A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Do the right thing. Never give up. Recovery and redemption are possible. Family forgives. Sayings like "Thoughts and prayers" can feel empty.
Positive Role Models
Some characters show a lot of bravery, while others commit crimes and violent acts for personal gain. Some do both. Nobody is perfect.
The cast is diverse. A main character is in rehab for substance abuse. There's talk of military service and the PTSD some veterans suffer.
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Violence & Scariness
Significant tension, threats, blood, violence. Characters are shot at, chased, injured with a nail gun, knocked unconscious in a car crash, sent rolling down a hill and into trees, set on fire. Discussion of military combat and the suicide of a veteran. Discussion of child trafficking. A child has been kidnapped, tied up, left in the cold, and she suffers from a life-threatening illness.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters kiss as a way to distract others.
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"F--k," "bulls--t," "damnit," "goddammit," "idiot."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are in rehab for substance abuse. Scenes of group therapy and discussion of recovery. One dreams about or remembers an overdose. She sniffs a white powder she finds in a rehab facility worker's car. A nurse injects a shot of medicine into a child's shoulder.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that No Exit, based on the novel by Taylor Adams, is a suspenseful film with a diverse cast and a claustrophobic ambiance. The action is very violent for younger audiences. A child with a life-threatening illness has been kidnapped and is tied up in the back of a van, and there's discussion of child trafficking. Characters are shot at, chased, injured with a nail gun, knocked unconscious in a car crash, sent rolling down a hill and into trees, and set on fire. There's discussion of military combat and suicide, information a character sadistically uses to taunt another. People in rehab for substance abuse remember being on drugs, including an apparent overdose, and they are tempted by substances. Others have gambling addictions or financial troubles that prompt them to make morally questionable decisions. Two characters kiss as a diversion. Language includes "f--k," "bulls--t," "dammit," "goddammit," and "idiot." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Plot twists, ambiance, and impressive acting, particularly from lead Liu, make this film a suspenseful watch, though the latter act devolves into mostly gory violence. There's a scene early in No Exit when Darby has discovered the tied-up child in the back of a van and doesn't yet know who the car belongs to. The group of stranded travelers starts a card game of BS, and the camera closes in on the characters' eyes as the moments becomes more and more tense. Who is lying? Who can Darby trust? This is where the film is at its strongest. Once the owner of the van is revealed, the action turns increasingly violent (expect a lot of blood), with a couple of surprise twists.
Liu plays pain masterfully, and her frightened stares and general discomfort, starting from the moment she escapes rehab and pockets a white substance for later, are haunting. She proves herself stronger and more resilient than anyone seems to expect. The ensemble cast was well selected, and although we're given some tantalizing hints about their lives, they deserved even more backstory. Dennis Haysbert brings gravitas to every role. The setting adds to the suspense: The visitor's center on a mountain pass socked in during a nighttime snowstorm creates an atmosphere of claustrophobia, if not dread. There's also some memorable cinematography that makes evocative use of the snowy environment, such as a lonely car shot from above, headlights beaming ahead, or falling flakes flashing red, white, and blue in the lights of a police car.
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