YMMV / No Escape

  • Author's Saving Throw: Possibly. Early promotional material made it look like the movie was inspired by recent riots in Fergeson and Baltimore. Later trailers show that it's set in an entirely different continent with an entirely different premise.
  • Narm: "Welcome to Asia!" is a wholly unnatural thing to say in real life, and only drew more attention to the fact the movie was carefully trying not to portray a single country.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The uproar over the film's supposedly racist themes are easily the most well-known aspect of the movie. The fact it's otherwise So Okay, It's Average means that the only way the movie really sticks out is the controversy.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of reviewers (aside from those who lambaste it for being racist) is that the movie is good enough, but not particularly compelling or memorable.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • The movie has been accused of basically being the embodiment of Hollywood racism. The fact that all the protagonists are white and the generically Asian country is filled with nothing but people who want to kill whitey has caused a huge backlash on the internet. Even before the coup, the fact the setting was presented as a "look at how weird other cultures are!" sat poorly in peoples' mouths.
    • Related to the above, the movie was banned in Cambodia because of a detail that could have suggested the movie took place in Cambodia. The country didn't want to be associated with the movie that portrayed its setting in such a poor light.