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No Escape (1994)




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A man from the future fights to survive in a society thrown back to the dark ages in this sci-fi adventure set in 2022. Capt. Robbins (Ray Liotta) is a military man who, after he's convicted of the murder of his superior officer, is sentenced to a high-tech prison ruled by the Warden (Michael Lerner), a cruel taskmaster who enjoys torturing his inmates. After a scuffle with the Warden, Robbins is transferred to a primitive island penal colony known as Absalom, where the civilization is dominated by two groups, the Insiders, a peaceful tribe led by the Father (Lance Henriksen), and the Outsiders, a pack of violent misfits led by Marek (Stuart Wilson). Robbins runs afoul of the Outsiders and is injured in a skirmish; he escapes to the Insiders' camp, where he plots his revenge. No Escape was based on the novel The Penal Colony by Richard Herley.


Ray Liotta
as Robbins
Ernie Hudson
as Hawkins
Tom Laughlin
as Killian
David Argue
as Cellmate
Stephen Shanahan
as Screaming Inmate
Justin Monjo
as 1st Technician
Brandon Burke
as 2nd Technician
Scott Lowe
as Skinhead
Colin Moody
as 2nd Outsider
Richard Carter
as Sleeping Sentry
Boris Brkic
as 1st Hotel Guard
David Wenham
as 2nd Hotel Guard
Vic Wilson
as Military Officer
Chris Hargreaves
as Prison Guard
Jim Richards
as Executioner
Wilfred Woodrow
as Bola Thrower
Greg Robinson
as Spiked Log Tree Man
Paul Witton
as Knife Thrower
Steven Spinaze
as Chopper Co-Pilot
Serge Dekin
as Chopper Pilot
Ric Herbert
as Insider
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Critic Reviews for No Escape

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

No Escape obviously absorbed the filmmakers at the technical level, and it is fun to look at its sets and costumes. Little thought has been given to the personalities of the characters.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There are inklings of ideas, but the film's bad instincts get the better of its good intentions.

December 6, 2017 | Full Review…

A synthetic pastiche of sci-fi, action movies (borrowing feely from the superior Mad Max movies), and routine prison drama that's a sensless, incoherent mishmash that even a reliable pro like Liota cannot salavage.

September 16, 2006 | Rating: D | Full Review…

A throwback to the energetic sci-fi films of yesteryear. Frantic and Fun.

April 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A watchable futuristic prison flick. Decent B-movie thrills.

September 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Martin Campbell's generally an underrated action director, but this is just okay, not one of his finer efforts

January 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for No Escape

Terrible film but there is some great acting in it.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Fun, action packed 90's movie that was overlooked and under appreciated. The story is about a highly decorated Army cadet who assassinates his general officer for moralistic reasons. His punishment is life in prison on a deserted island called "Absolom" where the deadliest of prisoners are forced to live in a brutal society controlled by vicious warlords. The graphics, for the time, were good. Ray Liotta puts in a great performance, which is something I don't usually find myself saying too often. This movie pales in comparison to current eye candy blockbuster action movies, but this is still a great 90's action movie that you should check out.

Derek A
Derek A

Super Reviewer

excellent different storyline but very good and action packed on edge of seat

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Film Crazy

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