Film Review: “No Exit” (2022)
As I have stated in my review for “Death On The Nile”, I love a good whodunnit film. If a thriller of that kind can keep me guessing, I would declare it as good. The less predictable the outcome, the better. It would also lead to giving us time to get to know the characters involved. With Netflix, Disney +, and HBO Max dominating in terms of streaming, Hulu has provided some hidden gems. In 2020, we had “Run”, an incredible and effective thriller about a girl who is trying to break free of her abusive and controlling mother. Out of all the services we have, Hulu has been unfairly overlooked by many.
This brings us to our latest film from 20th Century Films and Hulu, “No Exit”. Based on the book by Taylor Adams, the film stars Havana Rose Liu as a recovering drug addict. As she heads for the hospital to see her mother, against the wishes of her estranged sister, a snowstorm starts to occur. With no signs of slowing down, Darby is forced to wade out the rest of the storm at a nearby visitors center. However, upon arrival, Darby is not alone. She is greeted by a marine (Dennis Haysbert), his wife (Dale Dickey), and a pair of travelers (Danny Ramirez & David Rhysdal). As the night goes on, Darby soon discovers that in one of the vehicles lies an abducted child.
Recently, I reviewed “Kimi”, a rear window clone directed by Steven Soderbergh. In my review, I stated how poorly-paced the film was. “No Exit” is the Yang to “Kimi’s” Yin in terms of pacing. From start to finish, I felt like I was on the edge of my seat for the entire film, especially in the third act. The film gives us enough time to know both Darby and the rest of the characters who happened to be snowed in at the visitors center. It also toys with your expectations a bit as well, despite the outcome being a little predictable.
As far as movie-to-book comparisons, I can’t provide any for I have not read the book. However, upon my viewing of the film, I’m planning on heading to my local Bookstore and grabbing a copy simply because of how well the story was told. While it’s not an entirely new narrative, “No Exit” more than makes up for that with a compelling protagonist. Darby is a flawed person trying to get to her sick mother with everything in her way. She has plenty of moments where the cards are very…