No Escape (1994)

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  • The Prison Colony Working
  • The Penal Colony Working
  • Escape from Absolom Alternative


Set in 2022 in a maximum-security, high-tech prison run by a bullying warden. After being tortured, prisoner Robbins, an ex-marine who shot his commanding officer, is sent to an island known as Absalom, where troublesome inmates are sent and left to fend for themselves. Robbins finds himself caught by a savage tribe of prisoners known as the "Outsiders" led by the psycopathic Marek. Ruthless himself, Robbins manages to steal Marek's main weapon and escape from the tribe, although wounded. He is found by another tribe, the "Insiders" who have created a more civilized society within a guarded compounded, led by a figure called "Father". Some of them are secretly trying to build a boat that can help them escape through the security zone to the outside world in order to let people know what the warden is doing. However, they have to contend with battles and attacks from the Ousiders.

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