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Escape
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
I wasn't really sure what to anticipate from the Norwegian film "Escape." The marketing artwork, packaging and description make it seem like this might be a cheesy kid's adventure film. So I strapped in and hoped for the best. And as is often the case with relatively low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. There isn't a whole lot of plot in this spare 80 minute film, but the action sequences were well executed and the movie held my interest throughout. The title really explains the entire film premise. It's about an escape with not much back story or explanation either before or after the event. By keeping things simple and straightforward, however, the movie succeeds in telling a concise little story. It may not be a great movie, but it is entertaining. The DVD/Blu-ray has the option of an English dubbed soundtrack, but I watched the film with subtitles. I can't, therefore, comment on the quality of the dub which is oftentimes distracting and annoying to my personal taste.

The movie is set ten years after the Black Death has decimated the population. A lone family traveling the desolate countryside is attacked by a gang of outlaws. After the bloody encounter, the teenaged daughter is taken back to the savage's camp and kept as a prisoner. She forms a tentative bond with another young girl, but her fate seems all but sealed unless she can take matters into her own hands. What must she do? She must escape, you guessed it. Never mind where she's going, she has to assert independence, courage, and ingenuity if she plans to survive this ordeal. Most of the movie has our hero on the run, and her pursuers following closely. That's about it!

The look of "Escape" is quite impressive. The scenery is spectacular and the action sequences are well done. For a low-budget endeavor, the filmmaking is quite accomplished. Young actress Isabel Christine Andreasen is believable and appealing, but it is Ingrid Bolsø Berdal who gets the film's showiest role as villainous Dagmar. I would love to have seen a movie about her character, she seems like a fascinating subject! In the end, you're not particularly connected to the fate of any of the characters but that didn't bother me. Because the movie had such a limited scope and modest ambitions, it worked just fine. I'm not particularly raving, but I enjoyed myself. Overall, about 3 1/2 stars. I'll round up for Berdal's work as Dagmar. KGHarris, 4/13.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
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I usually don't bother writing reviews, but I do like to leave at least some feedback when I come across that rare budget movie that actually turns out to be fairly good. Well, this is one of those diamonds in the rough even though the plot was simple. The acting was good, and the script was well written. I was pleasantly surprised :) Sorry for the simple review, but again I don't usually care to write reviews.

Cheers!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2013
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It's not the best cinematography ever, it is a foreign language film with English subtitles. A very good story, actors were good (especially the two young lasses).
I'm surprised to find this gem hidden back on page one hundred something. It should be up front, at least ahead of "I spit on your grave" & "Godzilla vs Megagodzilla"
Hunger Games, Hanna type movie, action, drama. Dagmar is Hawtt! In a Johnny Winter sort of way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2013
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A spare but enthralling story set in plague times in Scandenavia. Unflinchingly brutal and suspenceful but also moving and tender. Very well acted throughout - one of the best movies Ive seen in some time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
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I really enjoyed the characters. It had a good pace. The villain lady was convincing. Just enough "gore", nothing extreme. Good story about two orphaned girls escaping the clutches of a nice woman gone rogue. I felt bad for the villain herself, she was just never able to let go of her pain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
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You'll be glad you did. Believable story, well depicted, talented actors, beautiful cinematography. A glimpse into a dramatic event that might well have happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
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Like the way they film this. It is not as action packed as Pathfinder the older version but has that feel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
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This is one great and awesome movie ... you WILL have to remind yourself to breath for your stomach muscles are tight for the whole part of the movie (and it hurts after a while). Awesome and INTENSE story plus superb acting. Awesome and superb video and audio quality throughout the whole movie. I just had my Pioneer Kuro elite plasma calibrated 2 weeks ago and this Bluray simply showed off its prowess.

I chose the Norwegian/Swedish version with English subtitles version since it was in high definition audio (DTS-HD MA). The English voice over version is stereo which I didn't like. Subtitles didn't bother me one bit and probably heightened the movie experience.

By all means ... this movie is extremely and highly recommended. You will NOT regret it one-bit! Excellent example of good triumphing over evil in the end ... but at a great cost indeed!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2015
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Got this movie because I enjoyed Cold Prey II so much I figured I could give it a shot. I was more than happy with the whole film, this is one of my favorite types of films where a seemingly helpless female hero turns the tables and begins slaughtering her enemies. Ingrid did a great job too, it was odd to go from seeing her as the hero to the villain (Cold Prey II to this) but she did a great job. Action was good: swift and brutal. Ending was satisfactory for me. Would like to see more films like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2013
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I liked the way the director and writers kept the movie reasonably credible - once you got past the absurdity of a warrior woman with no warrior upbringing (it takes years of practice from a young age to develop the martial skills she was displaying) ruling over the men around her. I liked the fact that the older farm girl does what can be expected and that when she wins she does so believably; she doesn't suddenly possess magical skills nor does fate intervene like winning the lottery. Her character, courage and determination win out. More like a 3.5 movie than a 4 but still enjoyable.
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