Inescapable Movie Reviews
User reviews on Inescapable
Hmmmm...Marisa Tomei as a Syrian seductress? Okay, I'll buy it. But one thing I couldn't buy was the way this movie shifted between family drama and Stallone-style action thriller that felt totally disjointed. I'm not sure if they were trying to make a slick big budget style cat and mouse chase story or a movie about a father's quest to bring his daughter home. The thing that was really good about the movie was its performances. All of the cast is superb, especially the lead actor who sinks his teeth into the role like you won't believe. I remember seeing him in Miral and a couple of other movies and thinking he was really good. But in this one he shows a whole different side to his personality. He's actually kinda...sexy, lol. I like the whole thing about him and Marisa Tomei's character Fatima rekindling their romance. It was sweet and effective in terms of the story. I wouldn't recommend seeing it in the theater but it's worth a dvd rental.
I loved this movie sooo much! I think some of the best movies to have come out in the last few years have been set in the Middle East- movies like Miral, Syriana, and Paradise Now. This one is not really about the Middle East issues so much as it is about the quest of a father to find his daughter. As a parent, I totally related to the lengths he went to try and bring her home when she gets lost in his native Syria. The actor who plays the lead is the same one who played the father in Miral, and he is joined in this movie by Joshua Jackson and Marisa Tomei. Jackson is okey dokey (haven't seen him in a minute) but Tomei really steals the show as the lead's ex flame who helps him find the whereabouts of his daughter. In the end, this is kind of a typical action thriller but it's touching in unexpected ways because of the father-daughter connection. It's also appropriate for teens over 16, I would say.
Syria has been in the global daily headlines for years now, with the reigning Assad regime waging a war against its own citizens that has left tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) dead and displaced. Because the current headlines are so real and horrifying, the story of Inescapable feels like the cheapest form of escapism.
The movie begins in Toronto where a successful businessman named Adib hailing from Syria has raised two fine daughters. One of them goes missing after a trip abroad and is being held somewhere inside Syria. By whom and for what reason is never fully explained – are we to assume that no single women can pass safely through the Middle East? Inescapable says “Stay away, ladies!”
But one lady who is there is Fatima (Marisa Tomei) who used to be involved with Adib back in his youth. She’s mysterious and well-connected, which, in movie language, means that she will be integral to saving the girl.
The story then gets very convoluted – we meet all sorts of bizarre international types, including foreign hoods, Israeli spies, and a state minister with a pronounced fondness of young men and boys. Adib gets his chance to tell all of them off, or beat them up, or both. It’s kind of silly when you think of all the real Syrians that are dying for their basic human rights.
The movie, I am told, was shot in South Africa, which may explain why it feels decidedly disjointed. The writing in clumsy, but the acting is quite good, much better than the words that are given to its cast. Sadly, the film fails to do what it set out to do: prove that individual Syrians are capable of being more than pawns to be crushed by power-grabbing oppressors.