07 July 2014

Movie Review: "Escape"

Rated: Not Rated (Dove approved for ages twelve and up)
Starring: John Rhys-Davies, C. Thomas Howell, and Anora Lyn
Released: 2011 by Pure Flix
Paul (C. Thomas Howell) and Kim Jordan (Anora Lyn) are two doctors who travel to Thailand to help the underprivileged there.  Paul goes to help a young boy…only to be captured by criminals and put in a makeshift jail alongside wealthy merchant Malcolm Andrews (John Rhys-Davies).  The two become friends…but they disagree on the existence of God.  With the Thai police and Malcolm and Paul's wives frantically searching and hoping for their return, it seems there is only One who can bring them back.
From Pure Flix, the makers of God's Not Dead, Jerusalem Countdown, and What If…?.

The Good
The production values of this film are better than usual for the "faith-based" genre, though Pure Flix's movies are generally relatively high quality anyway.  The acting, action sequences, soundtrack, scenery, and even the closed captions were good if not great.  As usual for films like this, this movie makes some good points, too.

The Bad
Some of the violence is bloody; however, for me, the biggest problem was the rushed ending.  It just wrapped matters up too easily and quickly, and it kind of diminished the overall experience. 

You've probably seen a movie that was ruined by the final moments before the closing credits; Escape is one such film.  The too-quick resolution made me feel like I had wasted my time.  Regardless, Escape is an exciting faith-based action/adventure film…but you may wish you didn't spend eighty-eight minutes with it.

Score: 2.5/5

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