No Escape

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"No Guards. No Walls."
  • R
  • 1994
  • 1 hr 58 min
  • 6.1  (22,510)

No Escape is a 1994 science fiction action film directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, and Stuart Wilson. The movie is set in the year 2022 when a former Marine named John Robbins (Liotta) is wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to an island prison called "Absolom." The island is a high-tech jungle where prisoners are left to fend for themselves and are ruled by a despotic warden and his army of mercenaries.

Upon arriving on the island, Robbins quickly learns that surviving on Absolom means aligning with one of the two major factions of prisoners – the Outcasts or the Insiders. The Outcasts are savage and primitive, living in the wilderness, perpetually hunted by the Insiders. The Insiders, on the other hand, live in a sort of commune, trying to live peacefully away from the Outcasts, but always in danger from the prison's conformists or followers.

Robbins is quickly captured by the Outsiders, but instead of killing him or using him for food, they see in Robbins an opportunity to escape. They have inside information that suggests that the island's computer, which controls every aspect of Absolom, is malfunctioning and that this is their chance to destroy it and, thus, gain their freedom.

The plan to destroy the computer is led by Marek, a former scientist who was condemned to Absolom, played by Henriksen. Marek's group also includes the enigmatic, but sexy Texan, played brilliantly by Erin Gray. The Outsiders agree to help Robbins get to the computer, but warn him that getting there is only half the battle. If they succeed in destroying the computer, they become free, but it will also mean that the prison's officials and guards will also come after them, which is a fatal decision.

Their escape plan is, in fact, elaborate and risky. Robbins and Marek pose as members of the data entry team and infiltrate the computer's headquarters. They find the computer is malfunctioning, which sets things into motion with the corrupt prison warden leading a band of heavily armed mercenaries after them. Robbins and Marek's group is in pursuit of a helicopter, which is their only chance for getting off the island. There are chases through jungles, hand-to-hand combat with hired ex-military goons, and double-crossing by those on the escape team itself.

The film has plenty of action, excitement, and tension – it's a fast-paced thriller that keeps the audience entertained throughout. The movie perfectly balances action and suspense, and Campbell's direction has great command over pacing and visuals. The setting of Absolom adds to the film's atmosphere – it is a lush landscape at one moment and a death trap the next. The fight and action sequences are well choreographed, and the cast commands the screen with a brilliant performance.

No Escape belongs to the action genre, but it also offers social commentary on imprisonment, control systems, and rebellion. The movie's concept is inspired and thought-provoking, creating a prison that not only houses fugitives but also houses humanity itself; allowing us to reflect on the nature of imprisonment and power, as well as the value we assign to freedom. The fire with which the characters seek freedom in the movie is raw and palpable, leaving the viewer engrossed.

In conclusion, No Escape is a thrilling, smart action movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, and Stuart Wilson deliver exceptional performances, bringing their respective characters to life brilliantly. Campbell's direction is a perfect blend of action and suspense, captivating the viewers with the film's well-written plot and expertly crafted set-pieces. If you are a fan of action thrillers and science-fiction films, No Escape is not one to miss.

No Escape is a 1994 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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    6.1  (22,510)