There is nothing more powerful in the world than the love of a parent for his or her child. This common theme has been used time and again throughout the history of motion pictures. A quick glance through the annals of movie history will show no fewer than at least a dozen films whose plots are based on this theme. One of the most recent films to use this theme comes from mpi media group. The movie in question is the action/thriller Inescapable. While it isn’t the first movie of its kind, it does have quite a bit going for it. The story itself offers viewers a different take on the classic theme that sets it aside from the likes of Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise. It also has going for it an all-star cast led by Alexander Siddig (Da Vinci’s Demons, Primeval, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). Most people are more apt to know the names of Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson. And most of all, it has some very interesting commentary courtesy of writer/director Ruba Nadda and cinematographer Luc Montpellier. These three factors offer so much more than can even be discussed within these confines; so much so that one would be best served to watch the movie by one’s self or with friends to really take in everything that the movie has to offer. Regardless of alone or with friends, it is a work that is worth at least one watch.
Inescapable offers viewers first and foremost a take unlike that of other movies within this vein. Something interesting to learn (as viewers will learn in watching this movie with additional commentary) is that writer/director Ruba Nadda in fact wrote this movie in 2005, three years before Taken premiered. This makes the comparisons to that franchise in question understandable. Sadly, this type of thing happens far more often than audiences realize both within the confines of the movie industry and the music industry. Understanding that this movie came years before the Taken franchise took off, it makes it easier to take in its differences from the franchise in question. This story does have its share of action. But the character development (again as noted in the commentary) of Siddig’s Adib is a big part of what makes the story progress. The story becomes just as much about learning about Adib’s past as it is about his journey to find his daughter.
Adib’s quest to find his daughter is the most obvious comparison that critics and audiences have made in discussing the story of Inescapable. His search for his daughter is entirely unlike that of Taken. The latter of the two films centered on human traffickers kidnapping a man’s daughter. Inescapable, on the other hand, centers on a group of figures that kidnapped a man’s daughter to use her as a political pawn of sorts. Why they kidnap her is typical movie fare. But the revelation of why they kidnapped her is revealed. And it is just enough of a twist to leave viewers guessing and cheering for Adib especially in the eventual happy ending. Yes, it does have a happy ending. That much will be revealed. Though, that is the extent of what will be revealed.
The script behind Inescapable should visibly unlike that of either of the movies in the Taken franchise by now. So from here, it would serve viewers best to move on and focus on the movie’s cast. Veteran actress Maris Tomei (Parental Guidance, Crazy Stupid Love, The Wrestler) and actor Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek, Fringe) are billed as major stars of the story. But the reality of the story is that much as in the case of Johnny Depp in Chocolat for example, Jackson and Tomei are really just lures to get viewers’ eyes. They are in fact just supporting cast. Alexander Siddig is the real star of this movie. And considering his personal background, he could not have been a better choice. For those that don’t know, Siddig was born in the Sudan in North Africa. Keeping that in mind, and adding in his professional resume, his was a natural choice. He looks and sounds every part the role of a Middle Eastern man. His experience with some of the U.K.’s most well-known acting schools and on the large and small screen made him even more the natural choice for the movie’s lead role. He had a real ability to take his character and bring such depth out of him. It makes Adid that much more of a believable character for viewers. That, along with the understanding of the story helps to make the movie even more worth the watch.
Audiences should see by now that despite early preconceptions about it, Inescapable has far more to offer viewers than they might have thought without seeing the movie. If what has been noted already is not enough, then perhaps the additional commentary by writer/director Ruba Nadda and cinematographer Luc Montpellier will change viewers’ minds. Their discussions range from politics of the Middle East and their effect on shooting, to shooting on location in Damascus, to so many other topics. It adds so much more depth to the story in a second watch. That second watch will hopefully prove to viewers that have yet to see this action/thriller just how underrated it is. Hopefully it will serve as one more example of the fact that indie flicks can be just as enjoyable and interesting as the big screen pieces to which they are so quickly and close-mindedly compared far too often. Inescapable is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from mpi media group and IFC Films.
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