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Escape – A Short Film Review

Anubhav Chakraborty

June 06, 2022 3 min read

Movie : Escape 

Director : Monika Abate


It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” – Aung San Suu Kyi


Escape is a story about the struggles of a woman (Eliza Mason) who is brought down to her knees by the wicked claws of power, corruption and oppression. 

It is about a woman named Eliza Mason who is erroneously arrested for the murder of her brother , Robert Mason. She is not treated well in prison and the ton of accusations are thrown towards her at a crushing rate. It is evident that it would not be long before she is punished. Her genuine arguments fall in deaf ears. The people around her appear to be having nefarious intentions of punishing her. 

In the midst of such chaos , she is helped by her lawyer. Convinced about her innocence she helps her escape prison with the help of a prison guard. (bettysco.com) They have a short reassuring conversation between themselves once she successfully escapes prison. 

A number of questions remain unanswered as Eliza is seen contemplating a number of things towards the end of the movie. 

The performances in the movie deserve a lot of credit as it played the most significant role in making the movie a fascinating watch, full of suspense and thrill. They also played a potent role in making one relate to the agony of Eliza. 

The drama surrounding the escape of Eliza culminates into a number of suspenseful segments , making the movie an adroit portrayal of drama and thrill. 

There are a number of themes that play an important role in the movie. The most dominant among them being the tribulations faced by a woman in a society both cruel and unjust, hungry for power. Their hunger is evidently insatiable and they are ready to crush every innocent soul that came their way. 

The movie yet again proves how power corrupts. It corrupts individuals and organisations as a result of that. Greed is succeeded by more greed unless one day it became shamefully obvious for the so called ‘enforcers of law’, the police department. 

It also projects the ominous indication of perpetual corruption. In a world driven by the post truth phenomenon, the truthful, the real and the innocent would find it most difficult to locate a refuge. The movie suggests a world where truth has lost all value and one must eternally escape these ruthless and relentless machineries of oppression. 

There is a sense of gloom in the movie as a number of sequences are dominated by a certain kind of darkness that makes things visible but not quite. Perhaps suggesting a faint glimmer of hope for Eliza. The tragedy lies in the profound lack of liberation in an otherwise ‘fair’ world. A world blinded by corruption and malpractices as a result of that.

The cinematography, the use of colours, the dialogues, everything strikes just the right balance. 

Escape is an intense movie. It insinuates a person’s desperate search for liberation. It is a must watch for all lovers of drama and thriller movies.

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