This thrilling and unsettling action movie puts us in the shoes of Owen Wilson’s desperate American family when they’re caught in the middle of a violent coup.

Wilson’s water engineer has barely arrived in an unnamed Southeast Asian country with his wife (Lake Bell) and young daughters (Sterling Jerins and Claire Geare) to take up a new job when rebels overthrow the government and begin killing all foreigners.

Writer-director John Erick Dowdle – previously best known for horror films – gives the family’s plight a terrifying immediacy, ramping up the tension to an almost unbearable level.

The excitement slacks off in the second half, but Wilson and Lake – both acting outside their usual comic comfort zones – are so believable that we continue to root for their characters even when the narrative lurches off course.