Years after he left Damascus under suspicious circumstances, Adib Abdel Kareem must confront what he left behind when his daughter goes missing.


Ruba Nadda


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Siddig ... Adib Abdul-Kareem
Marisa Tomei ... Fatima
Joshua Jackson ... Paul Ridge
Oded Fehr ... Sayid Abd Al-Aziz
Danny Keough Danny Keough ... Detlev Ivanov (as Danny Keogh)
Saad Siddiqui ... Halim
Hrant Alianak ... Ali Homs
Fadia Nadda Fadia Nadda ... Lingerie Sales Girl
Jay Anstey ... Muna Abdul-Kareem
Bonnie Lee Bouman ... Emily Abdul-Kareem
Sean Redpath Sean Redpath ... Ibrahim
Stefan Otto Stefan Otto ... Laurence
Amy Anstey Amy Anstey ... Leila Abdul-Kareem
Jenna Dunster Jenna Dunster ... Betty
Carl Beukes ... Peter


One afternoon, on a typical day at work, Adib is confronted with devastating news: His eldest daughter, Muna, has gone missing in Damascus. Now Adib, who has not been back in over 20 years, must return to Syria and deal with his secret past in order to find her. "Inescapable" is a thriller about a father's desperate search for his daughter and the chaos of the Middle East he left behind. Written by Ruba Nadda

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You can never escape your past.

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Rated R for some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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[first lines]
Adib Abdul-Kareem: [seeing Betty shaking a locked filing cabinet drawer] Hey, you need some help?
Betty: [giggling sheepishly] Yes.
Adib Abdul-Kareem: [removing a paper clip from a pile of papers] May I?
Betty: Yeah.
[Adib bends the paper clip with his teeth, then inserts it into the lock, turns the paper clip, then opens the cabinet drawer]
Betty: Wow.
Adib Abdul-Kareem: [as he walks away] Misspent youth.
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Qadukka L'Mayyaas
Performed by Sabah Fakhri
Folk Traditional
Vocal and song arrangements by Sabah Fakhri (BMI)
Publishing courtesy of Dawn Elder World Music
Master courtesy of Dawn Elder World Entertainment
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not quite realistic enough or thrilling enough
13 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Adib Abdel Kareem (Alexander Siddig) lives a comfortable life in Toronto under an alternate identity. He has two daughters but has told them nothing about his past in Syria. He was a military intelligence officer but left under mysterious circumstances 20 years ago. His oldest daughter Muna has disappeared after going to Damascus behind his back. He sneaks back into the country with the help of ex-fiancée Fatima (Marisa Tomei). He talks to Canadian Embassy officer Paul Ridge (Joshua Jackson) and former fellow workmate Sayid (Oded Fehr) as he navigates the dangerous police state.

This movie seems to be caught between a realistic movie and a Bourne-like thriller. It fails as either and it struggles to be better. It's great to have Siddig as the lead. The problem is that I can't believe his character wouldn't be snatched up by any one of the random secret police agents. His supposed crime is too big to ignore. The daughter is too naive. It would have been more logical if she's researching in Turkey and gets kidnapped into Syria. Also having Tomei as an Arab does raise an eyebrow. A lot of little things limit the believability. It doesn't work as an action thriller either. It is terribly flat and has low intensity despite the exotic setting. The few action sequences seem weak and out of place. I would like a realistic take on the 2012 police-state Syria. I can't buy it here.

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Canada | South Africa


English | Arabic

Release Date:

14 August 2014 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa


Box Office


CAD4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,545, 24 February 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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