No Exit, review of the new thriller on Disney Plus

No Exit, review of the new thriller on Disney Plus

No Exit

Five strangers. A storm. A kidnapped girl: these are the few and simple ingredients of No Exit, the new thriller produced by 20th Century Fox and distributed here in Italy exclusively by Disney Plus available from today on the streaming platform.

Subscribe now at Disney + for € 8.99 per month or € 89.90 per year The screenplay of the film is based on the novel of the same name written by Taylor Adams and first published in 2017. Without going into too much detail, No Exit tells the story of a girl who finds herself in spite of herself involved in a mysterious kidnapping case: who kidnapped that little girl among the four strangers who are there with her? And why? Will young Darby Thorne manage to save the life of that little girl and anyone present not involved in the kidnapping?

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No Exit: Darby's story

A small detail that immediately strikes you is the fact that the title of the film, No Exit, does not only refer to the situation, apparently without an escape route, in Darby will be entangled with. This is the character characterized in the most depth of the whole film, and this, together with the fact that she is the first character we see, makes us understand that she will, in some way, be the main protagonist of this story full of tension. br>

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This particular feature, however, places Darby at a crossroads, in a dramatic moment like what will then be the real fulcrum of the narrative: having lived through many traumatic experiences in her life, including the battle against drug addictions that she is still fighting, another traumatic event could give her the coup de grace and bring her down forever, assuming that manage to survive. Or the fact that she is already used to living extreme experiences could be the key to succeeding in the fearless enterprise of freeing the little victim.

Taking on the role of Darby we find Havana Rose Liu, debut actress in the role of protagonist, who, however, manages to give the character that strength and drama that are required by a part like his. His interpretation is intense, as also emerges from the close-ups.

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Havana Rose Liu as Darby in 20th Century Studios' NO EXIT, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. .. 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved. Another problem certainly not negligible are the other people with whom she will find herself by chance due to a terrible storm that will prevent her from reaching, at least immediately, her mother and her sister in the hospital: Darby only knows that some of those four individuals never seen before kidnapped that little girl. Who? In this tense climate, mistrust will make its way further, endangering little Jay's life even more.

No Exit: the other characters

Despite the short duration of the film, little more than an hour and a half, No Exit also paints a picture of the personalities and history of the other protagonists of this dramatic story. Our Darby is redirected by a police officer to a shelter to wait for the snowstorm to subside. There are already four other people there who, along with Darby and Jay, largely make up the cast of No Exit.

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The last and most crucial no-escape situation concerns precisely the fulcrum of the story: being able to free the kidnapped girl, perhaps without ending up all killed by whoever kidnapped her . But who are the other protagonists?

trailer of No Exit As a narrative expedient to tell their stories No Exit opts for a game of cards: while the five sit at the table intent on playing, they capture an opportunity to talk a little about yourself. In this way, we learn about a part of their stories (more details will be revealed in the course of the film):

Ash, open, kind and helpful boy, is played by Danny Ramirez (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier); Lars, a shy and withdrawn boy, is played by David Rysdahl (Nine Days); And a firm man, determined and very sure of himself, also considering the fact that he is a former soldier to take on his role we find Dennis Haysbert (Sin City - A woman to kill for, Lucifer); Sandy is an affable, kind woman, as well as Ed's wife; bringing it to life in No Exit is Dale Dickey (My Name Is Earl); Jay is the little girl who has been kidnapped, played by the very young Mila Harris (Dion).

High tension

The isolated setting, the few spaces in which the story takes place, both at inside as well as outside and the presence of so few characters help to create a claustrophobic sense of closure, truly conveying the impression that there is no escape. The direction and photography then highlight not only the expressions of the actors, all very credible in their roles (especially David Rysdahl), but also fundamental details for a thriller story. The tension is almost constant and follows an ascending climax several times, thus making the story dynamic and thus keeping the viewers' attention alive.

No Exit is an old school thriller in which a handful of characters and a small isolated place become the protagonists and scenery of a dense, powerful, compelling story full of twists that shuffle the cards on the table. No Exit is available for viewing starting today exclusively on Disney Plus.

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