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Escape from the Newsroom (2002)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Finkleman Ken Finkleman ... George Findlay
Peter Keleghan ... Jim Walcott
Christian Potenza ... Chris
Jeremy Hotz ... Jeremy
Karen Hines ... Karen
David Huband ... Bruce
Reagan Pasternak ... Amanda, George's Assistant
Leah Pinsent ... Diane
Atom Egoyan ... Himself
Mary Crosbie Mary Crosbie ... Pippa Gainsborough
Donna Goodhand Donna Goodhand ... Rich Wife
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Trimbell
Robert Lantos ... Himself
Mark Forward ... The Cannibal
Kedar Brown ... Security


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28 October 2002 (Canada) See more »

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Appreciating Finkleman's genius is hard to do... I certainly cannot.
8 June 2003 | by NewshawkSee all my reviews

"Escape" begins much like "The Newsroom" did. Finkleman is marvelous with his dialogue. We don't have Mark Farrell or Tanya Allen anymore, but Christian Potenza and Regean Pasternak are worthwhile replacements.

The film reaches a point in which Finkelman's trademark surrealism takes over, and this film jumps into the realm of "art" rather than "entertainment", complete with a blunt damning of the whole concept of reviving this show! Unfortunately, while The Newsroom quite often provided great entertainment, the "art" that is "Escape" does not.

Escape continues the tone established by More Tears, Foolish Heart, and Foreign Objects, none of which were nearly as successful as The Newsroom was, with good reason. Dry, biting satires are wonderful if done with some entertainment value, but lose their effect when they're just downright inaccessible, as this film had become. It's hard to be entertained at jokes about people dying from Anthrax.

Things do start to make sense at the end - you realize what Finkleman wanted to say and he then returns to the same lovable humour we've come to expect from him. Now that his point has been made (roughly 10 times now, from all of his series), he can get back to writing the wonderful satire we've come to enjoy so much.

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