Jerry Cutler On Film—‘No Escape’ Delivers Excitement, But The Script Needs A Little Work
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 – 12:31 PM
How many times have you heard the expression, “From the mouth of babes?” Well, there is no escaping the fact that the expression has gone through a cinematic metamorphosis. Lately, adorable children actors are given scripts that have words better left on the pages of books geared for adults.
That being said, the two adorable young ladies, Sterling Jerins and Claire Geare, play an integral part in the non-stop, heart-beating action of a family caught in the middle of a violent coup in a fractured Southeast Asian country.
Palpitations increase as the parents, the always wonderful Owen Wilson (Jack Dwyer) and Lake Bell (Annie Dwyer) go from one crisis to another barely escaping with their lives and the lives of their children.
If you are a fan of constant excitement without a creditable screenplay, No Escape is the film for you.
However, if it’s a sensible story you desire once inside the theater, look for escape routes….but not so fast, because No Escape is pulp movie-making at its best. Just when all seems bleak and despair consuming every fiber of the Dwyers’ lives, OO7 himself, the ageless Pierce Brosnan (who represents…actually, I don’t know whom or what he represents) appears in the pitch of an ominous night and helps them escape from a bunch of murderous goons.
The production values are terrific. Masterfully directed by John Eric Dowdle and edited by Elliot Greenberg, the movie is good consumer escape fare with Brosnan giving his finest performance in years.
2-1/2 bagels and a schmear out of 4
Jerry Cutler is rabbi at Creative Arts Temple.