States its messages so clearly and thoroughly and so early on that it inevitably runs out of steam, but I'll take an impassioned-but-slightly-misfired Andrew Niccol picture over junk like The Host any day, and I still think this is an important movie. I mean, I just woke up to the news that weaponized police drones have been legalized in at least one American state, and I'm sure that's going to be just fantastic for everyone.
WOW this poster they use here on Letterboxd for No Escape certainly sums up the film's uncomfortable racial messages, doesn't it? I mean, the script makes enough smart choices to clarify that intervening American corporations are the real bad guys of this situation, but treating every non-white person in this movie like acceptable collateral damage is a big problem. As an intense family drama, it's solid, though, and it offers a lot of unintentional comedy via Owen Wilson's face in slow motion. Plus, Pierce Brosnan as a drunk, karaoke-singing, filthy old man gets all the praise I can bestow.
Top 5 Reasons To Watch Reindeer Games:
5. One of the dumbest, most convoluted 'twist' endings imaginable.
4. Isaac Hayes' most inexplicable film role. It's baffling.
3. Charlize Theron
2. "I want some fuckin hAAt chAAklAAt... and some pecan fuckin pie."
1. Dennis Farina's inexplicable false teeth.
A truly breathtaking mess of a motion picture.