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.
An ex-C.I.A. operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level C.I.A. officials and the Russian President-elect.
Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.
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.
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 »
[peering over her airplane seat]
What happened to your hand?
I had a fight with a tiger.
Really. Don't worry, though. He got it worse than I did.
[shows her his tiger tooth necklace]
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I went in to this movie not expecting much. having read some reviews online prior i had my hopes set a little higher as many people said the intensity of the movie was high. the reviews did not do that justice. this might be one of the most relentless in your face movies i have ever seen. once things start to go wrong and believe me it does not take long at all, it rarely ever gives you a chance to breathe.
This is Owen Wilson in top form. I have seen him take on a serious role before in behind enemy lines so i knew he had it in him but he really takes it to a whole new level here. the children are adorable and really strong actresses for their age. the family dynamic is authentic and you genuinely care about what happens to them.
the concept behind this movie is not too far fetched and felt very plausible. John Erick Dowdle does a great job putting his audience right in the middle of the chaos. Many instances throughout the movie i found myself thinking about how i would react in these situations. Some excellent camera-work is used here too, especially on the roof scene.
Of course this movie is not perfect. there were a couple of Hollywood moments where someone saves the day at the last possible second and the ending felt kind of abrupt but it was still pretty emotional and shows what this family has gone through. overall i give this movie a 9.5/10
Do not sleep on this movie. you will be in for one wild ride.
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