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No Escape (2015)

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In their new overseas house, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape from an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.


John Erick Dowdle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Jack Dwyer
Lake Bell ... Annie Dwyer
Sterling Jerins ... Lucy Dwyer
Claire Geare Claire Geare ... Beeze Dwyer
Pierce Brosnan ... Hammond
Thanawut Ketsaro Thanawut Ketsaro ... Samnang (as Thanawut Kasro)
Chatchawai Kamonsakpitak Chatchawai Kamonsakpitak ... Prak (as Chatchawan Kamonsakpitak)
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Kenny Rogers
Tanapol Chuksrida Tanapol Chuksrida ... Krit
Nophand Boonyai Nophand Boonyai ... Concierge
Kanarpat Phintiang Kanarpat Phintiang ... Bellhop
Jon Goldney Jon Goldney ... Jerry (as Jonathan Goldney)
Duang Maidork Duang Maidork ... Old Man
Suphornnaphat Jenselius Suphornnaphat Jenselius ... Travel Agent
Barthélemy Son Barthélemy Son ... François (as Barthelemy Son)


When Jack finds an opportunity to move to southeast Asia to head his company's new plant, he immediately jumps at it.. But when he arrives; he sees the many problems. Jack goes to the market, and finds himself caught in the middle of a violent uprising headed by armed rebels executing foreigners. Jack must get back to the hotel and with the help of a British tourist, must get his family to the American embassy in the midst of the chaos.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Outrun the enemy See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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English | French | Thai | Khmer

Release Date:

26 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coup See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiang Mai, Thailand See more »


Box Office


$16,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,111,264, 30 August 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,285,953, 22 November 2015
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Signage appearing in the movie was replaced by Cambodia's Khmer script, but the rioters speak in Thai. See more »


When Jack and his family first arrive to the their hotel The Imperial Lotus, there is a welcoming banner on display in the lobby with Jack's picture on it, along with 2 other men. Jack's picture is on the far left, a black and white picture of an older man is in the middle, and on the right is a picture of a younger man with short brown curly hair (this man also happens to be the man Jack witnesses being executed by the rebels in front of the hotel right after the rioting begins because he is an American). Then later on in the movie, after Jack and his family make it across to the other roof, one of the leaders of the rebels spots Jack. The rebel is wearing the welcoming banner around his neck, he then holds it up and shows Jack the picture of himself, but now the banner has changed. Jacks picture is still on the left and the middle picture is the same, but the far right picture is no longer the young man with curly brown hair, its now an older man with gray hair and glasses. See more »


[last lines]
Lucy Dwyer: [the whole family cuddling in bed] Don't be sad daddy.
Jack Dwyer: I'm not sad. I'm happy.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: No Escape/Grease Sing-a-Long (2015) See more »


Balinese Trance Ritual
Courtesy of the David Lewiston Archives
By arrangement with Seven Seas Music
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A must see, and a vastly underrated movie.
25 November 2015 | by m-soroczynskiSee all my reviews

No Escape is one of the best action/thrillers of recent times. It isn't one of those movies that will be spoken about for years too come, but we must give credit where it is needed.

No Escape is a gripping, intense, cleverly put together movie. From the beginning the movie sets us up with the motives of why the family is moving and you feel connected with the main character Jack (Owen Wilson)who just wants to do whats best for his family. Seeing and loving, Owen Wilson is more comedic roles i didn't know how he would fair up is this action pact thriller, but i must admit, there may be a new genre around the corner and maybe another huge turning point in his career, sending him among the greats.

The film's writers have a lot to do with the success of this film, its script never dumbs down for the viewers, it is a script of what people would actually say and conversations that would actually happen in this situation. It makes you feel for the characters in the film and helps you to understand what is going on. You will feel apart of it. it cleverly leaves out all of the irrelevant details, keeping viewers guessing about what will happen next and how they will get out of a very sticky situation, while the mayhem continues around our main characters.

No Escape hits the ground running and never takes its foot off of the gas petal. Tensions are high and there is moments when you question how they are going to get out of an outrageously dangerous, near impossible situation. But it is not a movie where you feel as though the main character will survive no matter what. There are times where his death looks likely.

No Escape is a strong emotional and physical battle for survival and will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.


A must see, and a vastly underrated movie.

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