DVD Review: THE ESCAPE

THE ESCAPE was written and directed by Dominic Savage and stars Gemma Arterton, Dominic CooperFrances Barber, Marthe Keller and Jalil Lespert.

A woman sets out to reclaim her life in The Escape, a stirring, emotionally rich look at what it means to start over. Tara (Gemma Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: It belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper), her young son and daughter, and the numbing routine of housework and childcare. In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city – but walking out on your life isn’t so simple … Built around a remarkable central performance from Gemma Arterton, The Escape is a perceptive, compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself.

The Escape follows Tara, a housewife who’s raising two small children while her husband Mark works all the time. What happens is, she comes to a snapping point where she has to drop everything and run away from her family because the life she’s living isn’t the one she wants anymore. She leaves her two small children and loving husband behind and flies off to Paris thinking that this escape from reality will be just what she needs to help her find herself again. Tara makes a few more bad decisions in her newfound freedom and ultimately realizes that maybe the grass isn’t greener on the other side after all. What she does realize is that she can’t just walk away from her problems and there are other ways to handle certain stressful situations, especially when it comes to family.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though The Escape ended up being a good watch even though it’s a bit of a slow burn that’s not going to be for everyone because of its sensitive and emotional subject matter. The story about this young mother breaking down and running away from her two kids and husband is something so many people will unfortunately be able to relate to. Running away from your problems is the easy way out and is what makes you weak but seeing things through the difficult times and finding some kind of resolution (even if it means divorce) is what makes you strong. Still, it’s just a movie and I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters. Gemma Arterton delivers a strong performance as this troubled woman trying to find herself and Dominic Cooper delivers as the loving father who’s left behind to take care of their two small children. Maybe his character should have payed her character just a little more attention? Who knows. The Escape is now available on DVD.

Distributor: IFC Films

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer and four interviews with some of the cast and crew.

  • Behind-the-Scenes featurette (06:00)
  • Trailer (01:57)
  • Interview with Writer/Director Dominic Savage (04:17)
  • Interview with Actress Gemma Arterton (05:52)
  • Interview with Actor Dominic Cooper (05:16)
  • Interview with Producer Guy Heeley (06:52)

 

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