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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • Release Date: July 2 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Special Features

• Audio Commentary with Director Ruba Nadda and Director of Photography Luc Montpellier
• Behind The Scenes Featurette
• In-Store Interview
• Deleted Scenes --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 25 2015
Format: DVD
Peter or Adib (Alexander Siddig) is a Syrian escapee living in Canada for the last 20 years. He has a wife (Bonnie Lee Bouman) two daughters, Laya and Muna (Jay Anstey), a hidden past, and a nice inlaid olive wood box where he keeps old photos. His daughter Muna is a photographer in Europe. While there she decides to slip off into Syrian where she goes missing. Dad goes to rescue her.

Yes, this is another dad looking for daughter film. Keep the expectations low because Alexander Siddig is no Liam Neeson, and Syria is not France. Adib knows how to bribe his way through the corrupt system. His past is a mystery and a problem for him. He is aided by Fatima (Marisa Tomei), a woman he was engaged to when he left Syria and never looked back. Joshua Jackson adds some minor plot twists as a Canadian embassy diplomat.

The film has some action scenes, but they are brief. No roof top jumping, no extensive car chases, no torturing people for information. There is some killing and blood splatter. The picture gives us a glimpse of the corrupt Syrian government at a time when it is vogue to hate Syria. It is not a bad film, but it is not memorable either. My recommendation: rental.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justyne Higgins on April 5 2013
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Critics are comparing this to Taken when in actual fact it has a more political back drop therefore, making it quite a different storyline. I liked the twist which was unexpected and I love to support "Canadian" film, film makers and actors.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Understanding Syria March 11 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on
Though this film has been negatively received as being a take-off on the TAKEN films (father looking for daughter under dire circumstances) it is a different kind of film and one written and directed by Ruba Nadda who manages to gives us a story that in many ways explains why the Syrian situation (terrifying chaos) is as it is. If for no other reason than to gain insight on what life in a country infested with many `secret police' organizations whose drive seems to be shoot now investigate later.

Years after he left Damascus under suspicious circumstances (he was a accused of being an Israeli spy), Adib Abdel Kareem (udanese born British character actor Alexander Siddig) is comfortably at work in Toronto when he is confronted with devastating news: his eldest daughter, Muna (Jay Anstey), has gone missing in Damascus. Now Adib, who has not been back in over 30 years, must return to Syria and deal with his secret past in order to find her. Getting a Visa is the first near impossible step, but once in Jordan he calls upon his ex- fiancée Fatima (Marisa Tomei) whom Adib deserted when he escaped to Canada years ago to assist him in ploughing through the red tape and dangers to find his daughter. The Canadian ambassador Paul (Joshua Jackson) is inextricably involved as is Adib's old comrade Sayid (Oded Fehr) and the man with answers Halim (Saad Siddiqui). Inescapable is a thriller about a father's desperate search for his daughter and the chaos of the Middle East he left behind.

The film is tense and disheveled at times but that reflects the worrisome chaos of too many factions trying to assist a country who seems unable to find its core values. This is not a great film but it does offer a taste of what life must be like in war torn Syria. And for that it is worth watching. Grady Harp, March 13
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Syria is like this and Friends have talked to me about this happening to many of their families July 18 2013
By Pamela Ann Walsh - Published on
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Inescapable is a ride to a happy ending that usually does not happen to many, who have left Syria. Most are executed and forgotten that is so sad that we live in a world that is so destructive of their own people. To them I salute them for the acting in this movie, as well as the story that says so much about Syria and what is truly like over there. Great actors Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson and Maria Tomei they did wonderful job of showing the movie audience what Syria is really like today. I rented this movie and it was well worth watching, as I hope others will. Learn from this movie to see what so many go through in other countries.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Uninspired Action Flick That Had the Potential To Be A Riveting Political Thriller Or A Devastating Domestic Drama June 27 2013
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
The volatile political situation in Syria is the backdrop for the tepid new thriller "Inescapable." The ideas behind this movie are solid, this has the potential to make a riveting film experience. In fact, I really liked the story. But writer/director Ruba Nadda, who also made the lovely and understated "Cairo Time," really doesn't push far enough. Does she want to explore the current state of affairs in Syria? Does she want to create a tense action flick along the lines of "Taken?" Does she want to formulate an intensely emotional experience reflecting on the ideas of family and identity? Any of these approaches probably would have worked, but Nadda gives us glimpses of each without really developing much depth into any of the individual themes. Instead, we're left with a routine genre picture that lacks much impact. At the core of the film, there is an intensely emotional and harrowing situation. A man's daughter is missing and only he can save her. But as she's not a real character, only a plot device, nothing is really at stake for the viewer. The movie's screenplay never digs deep enough into the situation as to elicit actual viewer investment. It's a noticeable error. For though I didn't necessarily hate "Inescapable," I won't remember it at all in a few weeks.

The movie does boast a strong and appealing central performance. I'm a fan of Alexander Siddig, Nadda also cast him as the lead in "Cairo Time." Siddig has an easy command and gravitas that suits the role well. He plays an ex-officer of the Syrian Military Police. Twenty-five years prior, he disappeared from Damascus to begin a new life abroad. Now a family man with secrets firmly squirreled away, he is forced to confront the unpleasant realities of days gone by. His daughter, a photographer, is reported missing in Syria and Siddig returns to the land and the people he left behind. Among those he encounters are his former best friend (and current officer) Oded Fehr and a complicated romantic entanglement played by Marisa Tomei. With their help, and that of embassy diplomat Joshua Jackson, he must unravel what happened and who holds his daughter before it's too late. The plot, as it is revealed, is particularly slight. But we do get to see Siddig return to his old ways.

Here's the disconnect I had. The movie doesn't tell us anything about Siddig's current life AND it only gives us fleeting information about his old one. At only 93 minutes, the screenplay would have benefited from a great deal more exposition and character development. It needed to make us care! I liked the scenes between Fehr and Siddig and even those between Tomei and Siddig. They give you a glimpse of what a better and more involving movie might have been made. Overall, though, the plotting was relatively uninspired. Jackson is more involved than you might first suspect, but this effort to beef up his role never rings true. At least with a picture of this type, you know that you're in store for a big dramatic finale. No spoilers here, but you might suspect that either he'll find his daughter dead or alive. Doesn't matter, though, it would still be powerful stuff. Right? Not really. The movie simply ends within a few seconds of the final reveal. Blah. About 2 1/2 stars, I'll round up for Siddig. KGHarris, 6/13.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finally Alexander Siddig in a leading role. Aug. 13 2013
By Carol Reeg - Published on
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The story was unpredictable. I did not figure out how it would play out. I particularly interested in the fact that Siddig's character could not prove his innocence, but his presumed guilt made it easy to coerce someone else. "They'd believe I had an accomplice."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Oct. 5 2013
By Anna Siddiqi - Published on
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The communication between the actors goes beyond spoken words and actions. What's unspoken grasps you from the inside out and captures your heart.

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