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This politically charged and emotionally powerful thriller follows a successful businessman who suddenly finds his life turned upside down when his journalist daughter goes missing during her trip to his hometown of Damascus. He knows that the reason for his exile is tied to his daughter's disappearance. His first trip home in over 30 years turns into a frantic quest to rescue his daughter while reconnecting with the love of his life.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film tries to meld politically charged personal drama with the action-movie tropes you'd expect in a story set in the Middle East. (Chase through a crowded marketplace? Brawl at the hamam? Check!)"
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"A Canadian nonthriller that plays like a heavily sedated hybrid of "Taken" and "Not Without My Daughter" ..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Clearly meaning Inescapable as an act of love, Ms. Nada, a Canadian filmmaker with Syrian/Palestinian parents, has instead done a great disservice to her gene pool and our film-loving sensibilities. Irksome would be a more appropriate title."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"The movie could just as well be set in Islamabad, Nairobi or any city Westerners find threatening. (It was filmed, in fact, in Johannesburg.) It would look about right on a cable channel at 9 p.m."
‑ Craig Seligman, Bloomberg News
"Feels like a not-very-skillful attempt at making a certain kind of movie...repeatedly trips over its own shoelaces, calling attention to distinct story-telling shortcomings."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"The plot unfolds at a nice clip, but at no point does director Ruba Nadda evade expectations."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Inescapable is Nadda's first foray into thriller territory, and her inexperience shows in awkwardly mounted fight scenes and clumsy car chases, not to mention an almost fatally explanatory script."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"The movie suffers from the conflict between its potboiler instincts and the filmmaker's understandable need to acknowledge the brutality of Syria's secretive regime."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"This international thriller-sparked by a nice, unexpected Marisa Tomei performance-starts off promisingly but trails off into cheap melodrama."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The film spins its wheels for almost an hour until collapsing under the weight of exposition that renders the mystery nearly besides the point."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"One hopes "Inescapable" is only a momentary stumble for this promising filmmaker."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Muddled and inert despite the best intentions, this inescapably dull thriller plays like a Middle Eastern take on Liam Neeson's "Taken.""
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Doesn't have the juice normally associated with such violent entertainment. Its interest in characterization is admirable, but there's little firepower where it counts the most."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Ruba Nadda's 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Gala Presentation is an okay actioner of the political mystery intrigue type."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A thriller based in Syria with grainy photography, absurd coincidences, one that is stiffly acted with stilted dialogue."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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