No Exit

Stranded at a rest stop in the mountains during a blizzard, a recovering addict discovers a kidnapped child hidden in a car belonging to one of the people inside the building which sets her on a terrifying struggle to identify who among them is the kidnapper.

  • Released: 2022-02-25
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: Havana Rose Liu, Danny Ramirez, Dennis Haysbert, Dale Dickey, David Rysdahl, Mila Harris, Benedict Wall, Kirsty Hamilton, James Gaylyn, Lisa Zhang, Nick Davies, Hweiling Ow, Jen Van Epps
  • Director: Damien Power
 Comments
  • jotka - 9 January 2023
    They should name that movie "Deja vu", cos you've seen that plot before.
    That movie has the most lazy screenwriter in the world.

    -The handsome and nice guy is alway a psycho.

    -Man who served in the army is a good guy.

    -There's always a twist plot with someone who is double faced.

    -Policeman who is going to the rescue dies.

    -In the end of the movie main character killed all the bad guys. XD.

    Really? You had an interesting idea: girl during rehab, snow storm, group of strangers and a kidnapped little girl. And you gave us only clich├ęs? Hollywood can't come up with something new, so they give us the old s**t in the new package. Thanks God, they're spanish thrillers. Hollywood should learn from Spain, how to write a good story with twist plot.
  • snowfire-33760 - 4 January 2023
    Do not recommend
    The plot had potential but I was disappointed because the movie just really failed to capture and keep my attention. I ended up skimming over a lot of pointless drawn out scenes. None of them felt suspenseful like they should have.

    Several reviews said the acting was great but I don't see it. It's mediocre at best. I didn't feel anything for any of the characters, even the lead.

    The script and "plot twists" were fairly predictable. The action parts and the ending fell flat because I didn't care about any of the characters except for the little girl. I'm giving it a 3 because the idea behind it was good and it's definitely not the worst thing I've seen. But I wouldn't recommend this or bother to watch it again.
  • michaelRokeefe - 4 January 2023
    Trapped at a visitor's center
    This thriller starts with a young woman, Darby (Havana Rose Liu), a recovering addict breaking out of rehab in order to get to her mother dying of a brain aneurysm. Stealing a car and battling a snow storm on the interstate to Salt Lake City, a Highway Patrol trooper advises her to wait out a blizzard at the nearest visitor's center. The only people stranded there are a married couple and two young men, one obviously a bit mentally challenged. Darby goes outside to look for cellphone signal to get word about her mother. In the spitting snow, Darby discovers a kidnapped girl in a van belonging to one of the people inside; but who?

    Directed by Damien Power succeeding in amping suspicion, anxiety and helping popcorn sales. The four suspects are aptly played by Danny Ramirez, Dennis Haysbert, Dale Dickey and David Rysdahl. Mila Harris plays the young kidnapped victim.
  • thesar-2 - 31 December 2022
    The Hateful Reindeer Games
    Don't let 'em fool you like they did me. This isn't horror. It's a sendup to Quentin Taratino's 2nd best movie, The Hateful Eight and Ben Affleck's Reindeer Games. Moreso Reindeer Games as this felt VERY 90s action/thriller.

    The film revolves around an addict trying to go clean, but escapes her court-ordered detox to get to her ailing mother and gets a sharp story detour into a criminal plot during a severe snow storm. There it's just cat & mouse with a handful of meh characters snowed in at a remote visitor center overnight.

    Like The Hateful Eight, these aren't likeable characters. But, unlike that awesome western, these characters are pretty one-note and bland. The second plot begins as a mystery of who's the bad person/people of the strangers stuck, but it's fairly easy to figure out what's going on.

    I will give it a few things: the acting isn't terrible and there are some veteran actors here I've loved for a long time, plus one enormously cute newbie to me. Also, some of the Act Two/Three twists are welcomed. And if you do feel nostalgia for those 90s standard action films, this will not let you down.

    But, on the other hand, it's completely unbelievable in many shots and the entire movie wouldn't have happened if not for the most incompetent police force. You'd think this was set near Crystal Lake.

    I don't regret seeing it, but I am upset how this was recommended to me, twice, as not just a horror movie, but a very good horror movie. It is neither. Heck, even the title isn't accurate and sounds more like another 90s action movie starring Steven Seagal and definitely direct-to-video.

    Though, it was nice seeing my favorite former President again. You know, from 24.

    ***

    Final Thoughts: Thank goodness this was all fake. I believe even those actors would've died early on with how much exposure they had to the snow and below zero temps.
  • HafizhMaulana21 - 27 December 2022
    Silence and wait for the blizzard only
    When the blizzard came, a group of people who didn't know each other were caught in a highway stop. However, there was a small child hidden in one of the cars from a kidnapper disguised in a group of people.

    No Exit gives it a feelthat's not quite stressful. The film has a story that is too simple so the movie ini looks very ordinary. The tension of the film also looks flat. The conflict is built very simply and flatly. There are not many scenes that show strong emotions. No jetegangan is given even though there are scenes of shooting each other. Likewise, the construction of a plot twist fails to make a scene that looks futile. The film is very weak in terms of the story and character building of each character. The portrayal of the character is very minimal dialogue and so clear. There is no definite motivation in the 'villain' in this film so it just flows. As for the dialogue, it's very sad. Too simple, lacking important dialogue, too long-winded and bad dialogue. Therefore, the actors are also affected. The acting sucks from all the characters in the film. It looks flat, without emotion, playing like it just flows and is unable to build the atmosphere of this film.
  • victorhost - 27 December 2022
    Amazing.
    This was a solid old-school horror film with a good story, good acting, and good twists. Oh my, it has been quite a while since I have watched something like this. It felt like I was reading a book :') I love sometimes finding random gems like this out.

    This was also my first time watching Havana Rose Liu, and man is she amazing. Also Danny Ramirez, David Rysdahl, Dennis Haysbert and Dale Dickey were so good as well. Damn, it has really been a while since I have watched a movie in which all actors did their job.

    I would 100% recommend watching it - but _really_ watching it. I mean not "watching it while chattering with frineds or texting". Good movie.
  • fluffchop - 23 December 2022
    Well worth a watch
    Not one bit of cheese or stupidity. The characters really act like people would or could so the writing is good. The plot is straightforward with a few little twists that aren't too contrived. It makes for an entertaining watch. The pacing is relaxed and matched by the score and the sombre environment of snow. I think it rates a 7/10 for the type of movie it is compared to other movies of this type. Movies where you're at a truck stop or whatever, basically a closed set. Everyone is in one place and there's inside and outside and that's it. It takes a little scripting to pull these off effectively and this one does really well. I'm no expert movie reviewer but I've seen enough of these types to know this one was pretty good and I enjoyed it enough to rewind when I fell asleep. Also you feel something for the characters, that's important for any good film. Relatable people are ones you can care about and therefore care about what your watching, which makes it entertaining. That's the key to it. These things are meant to entertain. Well worth a watch.
  • SnoopyStyle - 20 December 2022
    tight little thriller
    Darby (Havana Rose Liu) is not allowed to leave rehab. She gets news of her mother's hospitalization. No one wants her to visit her dying mother. She escapes and steals a car. A snow storm closes the road and she's forced to stop at a visitor's center with a group of strangers. While Darby is walking outside looking for a cell signal, she finds a kidnapped girl in the back of a van.

    This is a tight little stuck-in-one-place thriller. While the rehab is interesting, it could be shortened. It needs to get to the place as soon as possible. Once the movie gets there, the story becomes very simple and very compelling. The one big question is whether someone with a bigger name should play the lead. Liu fits the role very well and I'm not questioning her acting. She's great, but a bigger name would sell the movie. Her smaller name keeps this as a smaller thriller.
  • sam_8794 - 17 December 2022
    What happened?
    Solid for about 30-40 minutes and then turned into a horribly written and awfully acted soap opera. It honestly felt like a spoof of a horror/thriller movie for the last 20-30 minutes. I'm thinking especially of the scene where Lars (David Rysdahl) gets shot in the head with a nail gun - which felt inspired by Happy Gilmore - and then slips on a puddle of blood (which we don't know where this blood came from) and falls and pushes the nail further into his head to kill him.

    Also, sending one police officer to a potential murder scene with no backup... while this same officer was so scared to even shoot his gun that he shut down once he had to. One of the worst movies I've seen despite the promising start.
  • helenkolby-40950 - 7 December 2022
    Deserves better rating
    I found this cruising on Hulu and had been watching mediocre horror/thriller movies all day. The description for this didn't do it justice. I don't think it's overall rating does either. I'm just not sure how they could make the description better without giving it away. I can say it was exceptionally better than what I was originally expecting. A welcome surprise. The movie isn't even over, but I paused it to leave a review. Instantly captivating, which many movies aren't. Often it takes forever to catch your attention. Making it's a slow anticipated "thriller" which is boring throughout leaving you disappointed at the end being a massive waste of time. My interest however steadily increased, making it all the more exciting. I'd call this stressful in a good way, something I'd expect from a thriller which is rarely delivered. I was stressed to see how things played out, what would happen next and how are they going to get out of this one? A solid film from beginning to end with little to no lag.
  • kadiri_alex - 18 November 2022
    Gripping and almost perfect
    Although this movie isn't an actual 10 in my opinion, it sits pretty nicely between 9 and 8. My perfect rating is just so it gets a bump from the unfair 6.1 which in no way depicts the true quality of entertainment to be derived from seeing this. Most of the acting is top-notch, especially the lead whom I've learned is a newbie (and that makes it all the more interesting). A lot that happens in this movie is compelling. The thrills are there. The unpredictability. The score. It does have its faults (such as people don't get cold and the ending could have been better) but they're so insignificant you'll scarcely notice them, except of course you set out to find them, as I've noticed some people do. Overall you'll like this one. I'm pretty certain even those giving a 1-star rating actually sat through and enjoyed it. One of the best I've seen this year.
  • exlana - 12 November 2022
    it takes a turn, then takes another turn.. ended up in the same spot
    During a blizzard, college girl stuck in this cabin with some strangers and find a kidnapped girl in a van. Then the college girl (and all the character) starts to made a string of poor choices. Shocking, i know. The general premise of No Exit though not groundbreaking, sounds interesting. At first glance, it seems like it's gonna be a whodunit mystery-thriller, but then things takes turns, and another turn and another, and another... you get what i'm saying. Good on paper, bad on practice. Though some of these turns are fun and bold, it makes this film messy.

    You would think with all these 'plot twist' that the ending would be somewhat unpredictable, right? Wrong. The ending is as generic as it can get. Overall, No Exit has a very weak script, dull-cringeworthy-professional poor-decision-maker characters. I guess the highlight of this film is some of the gore are pretty gory... (ba dum tss), the acting is decent, the run time and the pace are adequate.

    It's a mindless insomnia watch, but definitely skippable 5.8/10.
  • sachiyobaird - 11 November 2022
    It's ok but nothing special
    It's ok but nothing special about this movie. It's entertaining enough to watch until the end. Sometimes too boring for me to watch all, quite often get disappointed at the end. Typical characters and isolated situation setting. Must say main character did a good acting even if I never know who is the actress.

    I wonder if nail guns fire nails like in the movie, if they don't,that unrealistic fact made this movie disappointing a bit. Most of people would rate pretty high. I rate this movie better than average. Still enjoy watching it as a thriller,but could make it with better sinario and characters.
  • hazzah1 - 7 November 2022
    Just One Notch
    It was alright. I've certainly seen worse. The lead actress- how should I put it - she was good, but if *I* directed it; I would have said "take it down just one notch".

    Dale Dickey and Dennis Haysbert are just always brilliant and they bring subtly and nuance to their roles. The villains were good.

    The only other real problem with this flick was the fact that the pacing was off. 95 minutes flew by as if it were 120. There was a couple of editing opportunities not taken - one especially that was trying hard to make it as tense as possible- but it winds up being comical. Another one happened where I verbally said "okay, we GET IT!" - yes, I was speaking kn behalf of the entire audience.