Critics Consensus

No Escape Is Tense but Problematic

Plus, We Are Your Friends is energetic but predictable, and Documentary Now! and Public Morals are Certified Fresh.

by | August 27, 2015 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a family in danger (No Escape, starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan), an ambitious DJ (We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski), and a troubled marriage (the faith-based drama War Room). What do the critics have to say?


No Escape (2015) 47%

Can expert craftsmanship redeem problematic material? That’s a question without a definitive answer, but it’s worth considering in the case of No Escape, which critics say is a tense, effective thriller that’s undermined by an ugly strain of xenophobia. Owen Wilson stars as Jack Dwyer, an American businessman who’s recently relocated his family to an unnamed Southeast Asian nation. Soon, however, a political uprising sends the country spiraling into chaos, and Jack must do whatever he can to get his family to safety. The pundits say No Escape delivers an undeniable adrenaline rush, but its depiction of the locals as a teeming, savage mob leaves a bitter aftertaste.


We Are Your Friends (2015) 38%

A sort of Saturday Night Fever for the EDM generation, We Are Your Friends follows an aspiring DJ who draws the attention of a bigshot promoter, falls for the promoter’s girlfriend, and discovers that his friendships change the bigger he gets. The critics say it’s a reasonably energetic yarn with a strong central performance from Zac Efron, but the cliched script and limited character development keep We Are Your Friends from finding a groove.


War Room (2015) 32%

The faith-based drama War Room opens wide this week, but it’s yet to be seen by many critics. Directed by Alex Kendrick (Fireproof, Moms’ Night Out), it’s the story of a family that looks perfect on the surface but is struggling behind the scenes. Guess the Tomatometer!


 What’s Hot on TV

Documentary Now!: Season 1 (2015) 90%

Boasting a talented cast and smart writing, Documentary Now! is a clever send-up of non-fiction filmmaking, though some may find themselves outside the narrow scope of its humor.


Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (2015) 76%

Fear the Walking Dead recycles elements of its predecessor, but it’s still moody and engrossing enough to compete with the original.


Public Morals: Season 1 (2015) 82%

Public Morals is a worthy mob crime drama, with a strong leading man and a talented supporting cast counterbalancing cliché-ridden dialogue.


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  • Chris Geriak

    “Faith-based film” Definitely less than a 20%, maybe even less than a 10% if we’re lucky.

  • Mike Smith

    My guess is ZERO!!!

  • Andrew LaPlant

    War Room = 5% Tomatometer

  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    I didn’t like FIREPROOF, but COURAGEOUS was surprisingly good for a religious movie. That gives me enough trust to watch WAR ROOM. Hey, it can’t be worse than DO YOU BELIEVE?, right? I’ll also watch TURBO KID and Z FOR ZACHARIAH. Oh, and maybe WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS and WHEN ANIMALS DREAM. I’ll skip NO ESCAPE.

    I DVR’d FEAR THE WALKING DEAD and watch it today or tomorrow. Although THE WALKING DEAD is one of my favorites, I’m not that interested in watching a prequel, regardless of whether it will reveal the origin of the virus or not.

  • Tenshi Ippikiookami

    The “No Escape” trailer looked like the finished product. Maybe fun if the bad were aliens, but as a different culture from Earth, a very racist product. Akin to the “I’m an American” that comes so much in the movies. well, September it is

    • BS Button™

      Race and culture are two different things.

      Americans are various races–perhaps the most racially diverse country on the planet.

      • Tenshi Ippikiookami

        I know :). And movies just represent a part of a culture, not the whole of it. I meant “No Escape” was the type of movie that is very short-sighted when it comes to other parts of the world, it doesn’t matter if it’s an American movie or not :).

  • tansysmom

    Xenophobic? Racist? Not really. There are still countries where Americans are unwelcome, often for good reason. Anyone who doesn’t know this hasn’t traveled much. It’s a bad idea to go to those places and an even worse idea to get caught up in one of their civil wars. “No Escape” is somewhat over the top, but not by very much.

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