No Escape

The title of the film was changed from “The Coup” to “No Escape”.

There are, of course, a few Western films depicting Southeast Asian people in ways that defy the norm. (“The Killing Fields, “The Lady,” and “The Last Executioner” come to mind.) What sets these films apart is that they allow their nonwhite characters (all of whom happen to be based on real people) to speak, to exist autonomously, to be complicated and challenging and flawed.

Unfortunately, “No Escape” will probably earn more at the box office than all three of these films combined.

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