Parents' Guide to

No Exit

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, suspense, language in atmospheric thriller.

Movie R 2022 95 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Not good!

I just got done watching the movie and it wasn't good at all. Very limited characters, which I personally don't like in movies. Anyway, the movie itself wasn't all that. It had a couple of good parts but most of it, the logic of these characters if it happened in real life, wouldn't happen. The main girl, Darby, was alright but the others, were not so good. The storyline was lame also. If you happen to watch it ( which I highly would not recommend) you will see what I'm talking about. It definitely isn't for kids due to the graphic scenes, blood and language. I wish I could have saved my time of never watching it. I think the characters could have done more and myself personally, I like when people use common sense and realistic logic.

Is It Any Good?

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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.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: February 25, 2022
  • Cast: Havana Rose Liu , Danny Ramirez , Dennis Haysbert
  • Director: Damien Power
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Pansexual actors, Queer actors, Asian actors, Multiracial actors, Latino actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Hulu
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Topics: Book Characters
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: R for strong violence, language and some drug content
  • Last updated: June 17, 2023

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