The slickness is not done in an in your face manner as it just unfolds unpretentiously and is beautiful to behold. Back when big stars were still appearing in incredibly violent action movies and when over-anxious kids like myself had to secretly sneak into cinemas because you weren't allowed to see these movies under the age of 16. The acting was convincing enough, there wasn't really any scenes that were terrible, even though a lot of the scenes and lines were very corny; it fit perfectly in with the movie, and as such wasn't out of place. Stuart Wilson plays Marek the psycho leader of the savages and his over the top portrayal fits in with the late night b-movie feel. By the way, Wilson doesn't look like Mel Gibson but his voice sure sounds similar.
Plenty of mayhem follows and through some of the sub-plots a forceful and violent movie appears. I've seen this film many times over the years, as it has great re watch value. Only difference here is that it's far into the future, the protagonist did commit the crime, and he's an ex-soldier, not a banker. It holds a rating of 50% on based on 16 reviews. He refuses, saying he wants to leave Absolom; Father takes Robbins to the shore, explaining that they are 200 miles from the mainland, with gunships 50 miles off the coast, and above, mainly to detect thermal activity such as large fires or explosions. It's pretty interesting all the way through, it has some good, 80's style action, corny B-movie lines, a B-movie feel throughout the movie. The abandoned island resort -complete with dilapidated houses and a - is where the Outsiders have established a base.
Casey follows Robbins, who infiltrates the Outsiders' camp and gets the engine part, but they are captured by the Outsiders. The plot is pretty interesting, and moves along very nicely, quickly moving on, constantly developing. And he bands together with a load of equally supportable prisoners on the island, compared to the other lot — who are basically barbarians. Liota is pretty good but this is no where near his quality of performance in Goodfella's and to be honest it doesn't need to be as this is b-movie action fun not Scorsese. Watch for work from Kevin Dillon, Ian McNeice and Ernie Hudson as well.
The Molotov Cocktail was first used in the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 before actually gaining this name in the Winter War 1939 between Finland and the Soviet Union. Robbins meets Father, King -the new-arrival helper- and befriends Casey, a naive young man given a life sentence for taking part in a kidnapping gone wrong. Robbins is sentenced to prison for the assassination of his general officer, a prison you leave only when you die. Henriksen is unusually compassionate and reserved, and Wilson struts around without any inhibitions, wearing his best grade school play face chomping scenery like a wildebeest. Plus, is it just me, or are all the computer terminals straight out of 'Aliens? Since nobody ever leaves the prison, nobody knows what the prison is like. Robbins is sent to Absolom after he almost kills the prison manager. Take some pretty good actors, Ray Liotta, Stuart Wilson, Lance Henrekson, Michael Lerner, among others, and put them in an exciting no escape prison situation.
Overall though not a bad flick. O'Connor and Ian McNeice deliver awesome roles in the supportive cast. He's great fun — naturally psychotic, but great fun. Yet it never seems to drag. Ray Liotta isn't exactly riding a post-Goodfellas high with this film, but its still very entertaining as trashy action fare.
There's a moment where the prison warden is reading the rap sheet of capt. He does not stay there for long however, as he is banished to 'Absolum' a monitored island in a guarded stretch of water. Using his military cunning and inherent brute force, he tries to start a war between the two factions and raise enough of a commotion to make a break for it. Ray Liotta's character is an interesting anti-hero, since he remains unreliable and somewhat aloof. However, the Warden of the prison Michael Lerner, who is almost believably sadistic decides to ratchet up his punishment by sending him to ' Absolom' a maximum island prison where life is shortened by the extreme brutality allowed. Vertical limit- with a rather stupid story.
Ray Liotta isn't exactly riding a post-Goodfellas high with this film, but its still very entertaining as trashy action fare. Robbins wants only to escape, a prospect that has been fervently shot down in his face by Absolon's overbearing Warden Michael Lerner. They live under rules and respect each other, unlike the feral outsiders who have no code of honour. Since nobody ever leaves the prison, nobody knows what the prison is like. Here, prisoners are no longer really prisoners, as there are no rules, no bars, no guards, just you and them. Wycliffe himself who is suprisingly good the as the village mechanic who has tried for years to build a contraption to get them off the island, and The late Don Henderson who stars as the resident beer Maker.
This gem appears to have magically grown better with time!. Robbins hijacks the helicopter, throwing the Warden out the door and vowing to spread the truth about the island so the prisoners will be released. The weapon he stole is appropriated for the good of the community. No Escape is the type of flick that Stallone or Schwarzenegger would have headlined, had it been given a higher budget and major studios presence. There are some great battle scenes and fun supporting performances.