Stranded at an isolated rest area during a blizzard, a woman learns she’s making small talk with someone who has a very dark secret. Based on a 2017 novel of the same name, No Exit is a tense thriller that will keep you guessing every step of the way — even with a few gruesome gags to keep you on edge.
While spending time at an inpatient treatment facility, Darby (Havana Rose Liu) finds out her mother has become hospitalized with something serious. When she’s not given the okay to leave, she breaks out and steals a car to be at her mother’s bedside. As her drive gets underway, she becomes caught in a blizzard that leaves her stuck overnight at a volunteer center with several strangers.
Attempting to find any cell service in the parking lot to check on her mother’s condition, she hears something from the back of a van — discovering a little girl tied up. Terrified by her discovery, she’ll have to race to figure out who she’s dealing with and how to get help.
Directed by Damien Power, No Exit is an unpredictable film with wonderful tension and solid thrills. It has some great pacing, as it doesn’t wait to reveal its cards, delivering twist after twist throughout. You think it may play out as a long-winded mystery, but it instead straps you in for a wild ride that’s ever-developing almost immediately.
It also has a strong script and features a smart protagonist who holds her own against everything thrown at her. The lead actress gets a hold of you with a performance that feels somewhat nuanced and realistic. The cast is rounded out by Danny Ramirez, David Rysdahl, Dennis Haysbert, and Dale Dickey, who help aid a rich story in a confined, limited space.
The third act is a bit chaotic, but in the best way for this type of genre film. It’s an edge-of-your-seat thriller, one that will surely keep you reeled in. Every time you think you have it figured out, you’re in for a bit of a shocking treat.
No Exit is now streaming on Hulu