No Escape

Shortly after their arrival in the Thailand-like country to which they're relocating, a U.S. businessman (Owen Wilson), his wife (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters (Sterling Jerins and Claire Geare) find themselves caught up in a military coup fueled by murderous anti-Americanism. As they flee the barbaric rebels, they find a helpful ally in a chance acquaintance (Pierce Brosnan) who not only knows the lay of the land but has a well-honed set of combat abilities as well. Though the grueling ordeal to which director and co-writer John Erick Dowdle subjects his everyday characters strengthens their familial bonds, it's likely to garner a harvest of winces from moviegoers uncomfortable at seeing the innocent and the vulnerable suffer.

Watch out for: Frequent harsh and sometimes gory violence, emotionally wrenching situations, including a rape scene with partial nudity, a couple of uses of profanity, about a dozen instances each of rough and crude language.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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