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No Escape (DVD): Review


Jack Dwyer (Owne Wilson) has just packed up his wife and two young daughers, and moved to another country for his company. A large corporation that is seen as feathering its own corporate structure, rather than benifitting the local econemy. Not long after their arrival, there is a coup, and they are not only caught in the middle, but Jack becomes a target because of his affiliation with his company.

A far too convenient encounter with the mysterious Hammond (Pierce Brosnan) when arriving at the airport, later proves to be the family’s lifeline, as he appears when they are in the most dire of need, with advice and skills.

WIth a very simple storyline, the film is not going to require too much thought to follow a plot with not twists, but it is indeed enjoyable for the rush of the chase, and not knowing if they will escape the several very tight predicaments.

No Escape is an action film, plain and simple. It has a bit of a thrill factor, but leaves one thinking more about how they’d cope in the situation, rather than actually championing the characters. Character develpoment is shallow, but this is not uncommon with films of this genre.

The story is sure to thrill and impress fans of action movies, and is a great way to escape for a time and put oneself into another world. An action film that makes no excuses about what is is, No Escpae is a running, diving ride.


No Escape is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a high bitrate, which is especially beneficial in the scattering of fast paced action scenes, or outdoor scenes with lots of smaller details. The colours are bright, with no visible artefacts on screen.


Sound is encoded in a 5.1 soundtrack, further drawing the viewer into the on-screen action, and widening the world of the characters. There are several crowd scenes, and scenes with lots of action, that benefit from the surround mix.


Navigation i ssimple and static, but easy to use, leaving more space for a higher encoded main feature.


There are no bonus features on the disc, except for a few previews at the beginning.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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