Review by Monique Thompson
Six adventurous strangers travel to a mysterious building to experience the escape room — a game where players compete to solve a series of puzzles to win $1 million. What starts out as seemingly innocent fun soon turns into a living nightmare as the four men and two women discover each room is an elaborate trap that’s part of a sadistic game of life or death.
With escape rooms sweeping the nation, there’s no doubt after watching the movie Escape Room, you will likely approach your next room with caution. I mean if you’ve ever been to an escape room, you’ll know the door isn’t actually locked and all that jazz, however there’s still that bit of suspense as you’re trying to figure out clues to escape before times runs out.
In the psychological thriller Escape Room, the 6 players have no idea what lies ahead. After receiving mysterious invites in the form of hellraiser-like puzzle boxes, the players almost immediately find themselves trapped inside their first room. I never like spoiling details so I won’t but I’ll leave a few things to take away.
In no way is Escape Room original, I think that is a given. With the Saw franchise like the King of sadistic escape movies, we’ve seen this story line multiple times. Or consider the more recent The Belko Experiment if Saw was never your cup of joe. While there’s nothing original, Escape Room is still an enjoyable movie.
The players are from different walks of life but eventually figure out there’s a reason they’ve been selected to participate. Before things really start to get serious, light-hearted humor carries the first few scenes as each of the characters are introduced. Each player brings a different dynamic to the group which subsequently will require their strength to help escape one of the rooms.
With a PG-13 rating, Escape Room is no where as bloody as your typical escape films have been, which can be a good thing or disappointment, just depends on your preference. The suspense is still present as each room is centered around an insoluble theme (one turns the room into a giant oven; another becomes freezing terrain with a giant ice pond).
All in all, Escape Room is a decent film and worth seeing, especially if you’re into the escape room phenomenon. The ending is a bit twisted and may even hint towards the start of a franchise or at least a sequel, just depends on how you take it.
STARRING: Logan Miller, Nik Dodani, Jay Ellis, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Wol