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5 Action Thriller Movies About Escaping Streaming Now

5 Action Movies About Escaping

5 action thriller movies all available on streaming platforms. Do you love a good escape plan? All of these movies about escaping is available on Netflix, Vudu or Kanopy and are rated above 50% satisfaction. To find out which film is in what region, check out JustWatch database and choose your streaming device. The Hurricane Heist, No Escape, The Man Who Feels No Pain, Escape Plan and Don’t Breathe. Which one are you watching?

The Hurrican Heist Trucks
The Hurrican Heist Trucks

The Hurricane Heist

Starting with the worst film on the list, Hurricane Heist is still totally watchable. Especially if you like disaster movies with a group of thieves thrown into the mix. This film features a Cat 5 hurricane and plenty of people trying to outrun it and make some money. I watched this one some time ago and simply cannot forget that a hub cap aided by the hurricane was turned into a weapon. Much of this narrative lands in the ‘far-fetched’ bucket but there is plenty of great action and nail-biting thrills to be had as well. Performances are lacking at times and the end scenes are absolutely implausible but if you like to leave your brain at the door in exchange for a good time, then this is the pick for you.

The story takes place during an evacuation. A generator has broken down at a cash storage facility and maintenance is sent to repair it. The facility is infiltrated and some of the people within it are taken, hostage.

Directed by Rob Cohen and written by Jeff Dixon and Scott Windhauser.


Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson in No Escape (2015)
Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson in No Escape (2015)

No Escape

An action-thriller starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan. What could be better than that? Both leads are plonked into roles that are surprising in the very least, one because it’s weird seeing Wilson not crack a joke the entire time and secondly because of Brosnan’s accent. Both do well in either case.

The story starts with Jack who moves his family to an Asain country. For obvious reasons, no direct name is given to where they are but this film has much the economical agenda. While maintaining a pressure cooker of tension, the story shines a light on the injustices of government investments that essentially buy underdeveloped nations under the guise of foreign aid.

The action scenes in No Escape are executed really well and on a large scale. There are plenty of narrow misses and coincidental rescues alongside Jack and his wife towing two small children around. The director-writer John Erick Dowdle is responsible for Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes and As Above So Below which is enough of a reason as any to check this title out. Co-written by Drew Dowdle.


The Man Who Feels No Pain Abhimanyu Dasani in Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (2018)
The Man Who Feels No Pain Abhimanyu Dasani in Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (2018)

The Man Who Feels No Pain ( Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota )

An Indian language action-comedy about a man obsessed with martial arts who is diagnosed as being unable to feel pain. The Man Who Feels No Pain is for lovers of stories about superheroes told in a unique and comical way. There are countless movie references. Action scenes are fantastic here and hand combat sequences are commendable. The first escape is from our hero, Suyra who has been kept indoors for twelve years by his father and grandfather. The story follows Suyras journey into vigilanteism where eventually he is captured and must fight for his release.

The Man Who Feels No Pain has the essence of The Karate Kid and the soul of just about any other martial arts film you’ve ever seen all wrapped up in a Bollywood movie that makes fun of Bollywood. Super fun and completely different from what you expect. Directed and written by Vasan Bala.


Movies About Escapaing You Need to See

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan (2013)
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan (2013) One of the best action thriller movies about escaping.

Escape Plan

How to escape from the world’s best prison 1-0-1. For lovers of Sylvester and Arnie, this film comes with both those guys along with an array of highly prized casting with the likes of Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Jim Caviezel, and Faran Tahir. Escape Plan is a mixed language film with a simple premise. Ray must escape from a prison he designed after he’s set up and incarcerated in it.

The villains are excellent, the combination of Schwarzenegger and Stallone is a thing of beauty and there isn’t a lot of downtime to worry about. Escape Plan is the type of movie you should watch if you don’t want to be distracted by car chases and romantic rescues and instead just want to sit back and enjoy some testosterone and chaos. Don’t overthink anything, just enjoy the movie. Directed by Mikael Håfström and written by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller.

If you do watch it and love it more than anything, there are two sequels, I mean why wouldn’t you?


Stephen Lang and Dylan Minnette in Don't Breathe. Action thriller movies streaming now.
Stephen Lang and Dylan Minnette in Don’t Breathe (2016) Action thriller movies about escaping.

Don’t Breathe

With a sequel announced some time ago, Don’t Breathe is a film for horror lovers who enjoy stories with as much suspense as you can handle. It’s also for lovers of narratives where it’s hard to figure out who the good guys are or if there are any. A trio of young adults with ambition choose criminality as their profession and get a tip-off about a large sum of money in a house. When they discover the house is occupied by a blind man, they hatch a plan for an easy pay-day.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a tense and shocking thriller if it were that easy and the intruders soon learn that crime doesn’t pay without a price. If you still haven’t seen Don’t Breathe because it’s labeled as a horror movie, the film favors character-driven motives and atmosphere over gore and blood. It’s also widely liked by most who have seen it.

The sequel Don’t Breathe 2 promises more terrific scares with the return of the blind man Norman Nordstrom. The direction will be from the original films’ co-writer Rodo Sayagues instead of Evil Dead’s Fede Alvarez.


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