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Ray Liotta stars as a former marine with a hidden, dark past, so dark in fact, that he kills his commanding officer and is sentenced to life on a tropical prison island filled with rival gangs. He lands in the bad section of town first, dukes it out with the baddies, and ends up with the civilized tribe, becoming a leader & inspiration for them to fight for what they have and to get off the island. Pretty standard plot, but the action is fast-paced, there's plenty of it, and the actors really shine.
Liotta does a stand-up job as our hero, Lance Henrikson is very good as The Father, and the supporting cast turn in admirable performances as well. But the true reason to see this film is the absolute tour de force performance of Stuart Wilson as the arch-villain Marek. Never have I seen an actor deliver a better mix of humor & nastiness; he's completely brilliant here. Wilson pulls off the best antagonist I've ever seen in an action flick. I guarantee you'll enjoy the movie for, if nothing else, Wilson's performance alone. His work here is a must-see for any action fan.
A good cast, a phenomenal villain, and a load of fun; that sums up "No Escape". Don't let this underrated action film slip by you. It's so much better than the typical Stallone/Schwarzenegger action movie, and Wilson's brilliant performance must be seen. Enjoy!
I struggled to stifle my yawns as Liotta sheds forced tears for all the women and children he bombed in some former war, and my indifference grew by the nanosecond as the special effects (so called) of that bombing frightfully paralleled those of "Battlefield Earth".
The evil warlord is, like in "The Postman", some washed up, over the hill, unshaven hippie whom everybody is terrified of. As he pits Liotta, a veteran special forces commando, against a fellow tribesman in a fighting pit, he threatens them both to start fighting before he "jumps in there and kills them both". So these two men, one a young man and the other the special forces soldier, instantly take to each other's throats to avoid the wrath of this crusty old prune.
When the warlord and his men storm the peaceful villiage and find it empty, Liotta pops up from a watchtower and screams the devastatingly-insulting, ego-shattering, insomnia-inducing war cry, "You want it? Come and get it!" Oooooh. The teeth-gritting warlord, so furiously enraged by this terrible, unbearable taunt, attacks with full force and, of course, loses. Liotta pulls an RPG out of the sky and uses it to blow them all away.
Two stars for potential plot and my thread-lingering respect for Liotta. Minus five stars for this mangling of "Lord of the Flies With Assault Weapons and Air Strikes".
The really sad thing about all this is, the movie turned out to be pretty darn good in spite of itself. Ray Liotta plays the exiled Captain, and his performance is very intense and believable. Stewart Wilson plays Marek, the leader of the "really-bad bad guys" and has some of the best comic dialogue and one-liners in the film (ala Alan Rickman of DIE HARD fame). Those two performances are memorable, but alas, it's just not enough to carry the film for its full length. The actions scenes also vary. Some are appropriately intense and done well enough, but some are just...well...obligatory.
Between 1 and 10, I give "No Escape" a solid 5. Had the script writers dared to be a little different, this could have been a very entertaining movie. As it turned out, it was just okay. Enough to fill in a dull afternoon or a sleepless evening, but in the end, you may feel as I did. Cheated.
Most recent customer reviews
Absolutely loved this movie and forgot how much til I bought it and watched it again, Ray Liotta is at his finest and Lance Henrikkson....no words!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by CJ
i bought for my brothers birthday, he loved it! He was looking for it on DVD for years, I'm glad I found it on amazon.Published on June 5 2014 by Dallas Charlie
Last time I saw this movie I was in University and I watched it 3 times over the 2 day rental period. Been looking for it ever since but couldn't find it. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2013 by Jamie Pete
Good movie for guys. About men put on a prison island and left to their own devices, having to adapt and do whatever they have to to survive.Published on Jan. 2 2013 by Risé
I discovered the actor 'Ray Liotta' with this movie. I personally liked this film very much for the story in general, also for Ray's acting. Read morePublished on June 29 2009 by Mylene Godin
the first 15 minutes are boring but when Liotta goes into the outsiders camp and has some fun its great. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Michael Bolts
Excelente film, con actuacion de calidad como suele ofrecer Ray Liotta.
Solido guion, apropiada banda sonora e inmejorable fotografia, hacen que esta pelicula atrape de... Read more
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