by Phil Boatwright

C. Thomas Howell, John Rhys-Davies. Pure Flix Entertainment. Runtime: 88 minutes. DVD/Blu-Ray. In Limited release: August 21, 2012

Doctors Paul and Kim Jordan are struggling to find peace in their lives after the tragic loss of their baby’s life. Paul (C. Thomas Howell from The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider Man, ET) persuades Kim to escape reality and flee to the exquisite islands of Southeast Asia. But Paradise becomes a nightmare when he is kidnapped by human traffickers in need of a skilled doctor.

Faced with a fight for survival, Paul finds himself captive alongside the wealthy Malcolm Andrews (John Rhys-Davies from Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings). Paul quickly realizes there is no hope for his captors’ dying leader and is forced to examine his fate. With life and death in the balance, Malcolm, sensing Paul’s spiritual war with God, witnesses to him. The two men bond as they attempt to escape their abductors.

PREVIEW REVIEW: In the past few years, filmmakers with a Christian message have attempted to entertain audiences beyond dramas about how we need Christ in our daily lives. Entering into new genres, including comedies, action thrillers and even horror films, their efforts have often met with mixed results. But the makers of Escape have managed to blend their spiritual message into an exciting action drama. We get caught up in the writer’s substantive script and the director’s lively pacing, and find ourselves moved by the film’s reality – we do need Christ in our daily lives.

Aided by strong performances by C. Thomas Howell and John Rhys-Davies, plus the exotic locales, this is an exciting, well-produced film that will entertain both Christians and nonbelievers, alike.

Not Rated, there are several lively action sequences that also include some violence, including shootings and a stabbing.