Plenty of action film loglines use terms like “caught in the crossfire” and “in the middle of” or “unable to escape” or some permutation of said phrases, but John Erick Dowdle’s Owen Wilson-starring actioner No Escape looks to be intent on putting those words into literal action. Less than 30 seconds into this new trailer for the film, Wilson really is caught in the crossfire, in the middle of an actual war, and totally unable to ecsape the violence around him. This one is, at the very least, going for some major logline veracity.
In No Escape, Wilson and his family (including Lake Bell as his wife, who should always be cast in everything, as time allows) move to Southeast Asia to start a new life—one that is almost immediately derailed by a coup that unfolds mere feet from their swanky hotel (apartment building? it’s hard to say). The signs are there early, as some lights aren’t working and the phone is dead, and when Wilson’s Jack Dwyer heads out to investigate, he’s greeted by eerily empty streets. And then the war unfolds, around him. No, really around him.
As Jack struggles to save his family—they’re killing foreigners!—things only get more and more bleak, until the man is just tossing kids on to roofs and encouraging Bell’s Annie to bash people’s heads in with sticks. Also, Pierce Brosnan is there?
The trail of the tape
Title: No Escape
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Screenwriter: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle
Cast: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan
Release date: September 2, 2015
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “I think they’re killing foreigners!”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Owen Wilson, kid-tossing action star? We could go in for that.