| August 21, 2012

It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one time or another: why do bad things happen to good people? Although this question is not directly answered in Escape, it is explored, and the film is sure to leave viewers reconsidering where the line between “good” and “bad” is drawn, and realizing just how subtle it is.

After the loss of their baby girl, Maddie, doctors Paul and Kim Jordan abandon their life in Cambridge, Massachusetts and head to Thailand in an attempt to escape and ease their pain. Their initial impression of the island is soon  distorted after they switch roles from tourists to doctors. Not everybody is on their side, and it seems that God has turned against them, too.

While this Christian film is very spiritual and uplifting, it is very much a cookie-cutter movie. That being said, the fact that it’s a Christian movie shouldn’t cause it to end up on the “don’t watch” list. While there is nothing amazing regarding the cinematography or content, but the clich√© moments are surprisingly well-acted. The story is nothing we haven’t seen before, but it could easily be true a true story.

There are some choppy fade-to-black transitions that the film could have done without, but other than that it, Escape is cinematographically solid. There is also a jet-rocket ending, but most of the loose ends are tied up, and it’s sure to ease some of the pain that comes with the movie’s ups and (abundant) downs.

Audiences are sure to fall in love with Malcolm Andrews, played by John Rhys-Davies of the Lord of The Rings and Indiana Jones trilogies. Andrews is a lovable, Christian man who chooses to trade his sorrow for joy, and focus on the future instead of the past. He’s a lot of fun; he loves to sing and is always there with the right words to say in order to encourage his friends.

“Faith triumphs fear” is the major underlying message of this film. The Jordan’s learn a lot about the power of faith. In the end, blind faith always trumps blind fear, and the “peace that surpasses understanding,” (Philippians 4:7) is finally realized.

People have a tendency to think Christian movies are cheesy, but just because the script is filled with scripture and a few divine coincidences, that doesn’t make it unbelievable. Yes, sometimes the coincidences are a little too perfect, but a movie only has about two hours to create a full-circle story, right? What is a film without a few coincidences?

About the Author:

Caress is a Chicagoan who has a deep fascination with film. Her love for movies began as an undergraduate at Roosevelt University, where her teacher suggested she write a movie review. Caress' favorite genres include indie dramas, foreign films, experimental films, and psychological thrillers. When she's not watching movies, Caress enjoys writing, photography, travel, fashion and music.
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