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The Escape (2009)

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A Danish journalist is taken hostage in Afghanistan by a terror group that threatens to kill her if Denmark does not withdraw their troops from the country.

Director:

Kathrine Windfeld

Writers:

Mette Heeno (screenplay), Rasmus Heisterberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Iben Hjejle ... Rikke Lyngvig
Lars Mikkelsen ... Thomas Jargil
Faegh Zamani Faegh Zamani ... Nazir Osmani
Henrik Prip Henrik Prip ... Arne Hansen
Sonja Richter ... Sara Jargil
Vibeke Hastrup ... Hanne Hvidtfeldt
Søren Spanning Søren Spanning ... Jesper Bech
Mikael Birkkjær Mikael Birkkjær ... Claes Kielland
Søren Sætter-Lassen ... Steffensen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dina Al-Erhayem Dina Al-Erhayem ... Journalist
Rafi Mohammed Bayan Rafi Mohammed Bayan ... Ali
Jette Beckmann Jette Beckmann ... Trafic Radio
Gerard Bidstrup Gerard Bidstrup ... Secretary
Morten Bjørn Morten Bjørn ... Journalist
Sarah Boberg ... Doctor
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A Danish journalist is taken hostage in Afghanistan by a terror group that threatens to kill her if Denmark does not withdraw their troops from the country.

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | English | Dari

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,084,553
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Decent idea poisoned by Hollywood stupidity
11 July 2011 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

There is a good premise here, that someone brought into a Taliban-like group may have misgivings when pressured to do objectionable things. Further, the interaction with the foreign hostage may trigger these doubts. This was one of the themes of "The Crying Game", among others.

But this movie makes so many foolish decisions and has its characters behaving so implausibly, it just smells like Hollywood in the mix.

We can see how ridiculous this movie has become when we compare the movie's journalist with actual journalists who were captured. There are clear ways that informants on the other side are protected, and that protection is part of the returnee's debriefing. The setup we are given here, of a journalist fearing that her lies would be disclosed, is so preposterous, it is clear that no real journalist was shown a script.


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