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In this globalized age, Hollywood studios can no longer afford to trample over local sensibilities. Earlier this year it was revealed that an upcoming thriller about an American family caught in a Southeast Asian revolution would be having its title changed from “The Coup” to the less provocative “No Escape.”

Was it because the producers had realized it might be a trifle insensitive at a time when Thailand — where “No Escape” was shot — was still in the grip of a military junta? Nothing of the sort. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the name was changed because it hadn’t tested well with American audiences, who weren’t sure what a “coup” was. It’s a fitting summary for this clumsy lump of dumbness, which takes a complex geopolitical situation and reduces it to an exotic backdrop for yet another tale of white people in peril.

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