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RAY LIOTTA & STUART WILSON IN 'NO ESCAPE' WITH ERNIE HUDSON

Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE Year: 1994 Rating: ***1/2

An action-packed b-movie that takes itself way too seriously, which is what makes NO ESCAPE great fun as Ray Liotta's only in an actual Fascist-future prison for a brief time, ironic since it's a prison-genre flick but taking place on a penal island like PAPILLON following the survival rules and ragged costume design of THE ROAD WARRIOR...

Genuinely cool and fit, Liotta is, of course, the toughest and strongest and a completely handy stranger in a fortress world run by a passive yet formidable Lance Henriksen, polar opposite of British actor Stuart Wilson ruling the woodsy outskirts, whose insanely overboard, monologue-spouting dictator makes Dennis Hopper's WATERWORLD performance seem tame (and all but drowns out the prison's computer-monitor-monitoring warden Michael Lerner)... 

Stuart Wilson in NO ESCAPE

Wilson is both threatening and colorfully sarcastic, like a game show host from hell, barking orders at an unflinching Liotta in one of his post GOODFELLAS leading roles, possibly the reason why he never became a really big star, starring in other b-types like UNLAWFUL ENTRY and here in what almost resembles a bargain bin Straight-to-Video flick...

Which really isn't such a bad thing since, for better or worse, you'll wanna stick around to find out if the film's title is really true: because the one thing the director's able to really convey is that Liotta... alongside dependable sidekick Ernie Hudson, token doomed naive kid Kevin Dillon, token offbeat favor-man Kevin J. O'Connor and shifty turncoat Ian McNiece... are genuinely stuck in one helluva pickle.

Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE
Lance Henriksen in NO ESCAPE
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE with Ernie Hudson
Ian McShane in NO ESCAPE
Kevin Dillon in NO ESCAPE
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE with Ernie Hudson
Ray Liotta in NO ESCAPE with Ernie Hudson
From NO ESCAPE
From NO ESCAPE
From NO ESCAPE

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