No Escape is an action film co-written and directed by John Erick Dowdle (As Above, So Below). Shot on location in Thailand, the film stars Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare, and Pierce Brosnan.
An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Owen Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city.
Drew Dowdle, who co-wrote with his brother John, wanted to make sure their main character had everyman qualities. “We liked to say he’s a man without a particular set of skills.” They found those qualities in casting Wilson, but even with him onboard, financing was hard to come by. One backer pulled their funds less than 24 hours before the crew was set to fly to Thailand. “It was a surreal nightmare that was without question the most disappointing moment in our careers,” continues Drew. “Our representatives and everyone in our lives encouraged us to let it go, saying that it simply wasn’t meant to be. We liked to joke that this movie was like a bad girlfriend – one that treats you terribly but for some inexplicable reason you keep coming back for more. And we did.”
No Escape is rated 14A.