Monday, July 20, 2020

Review Escape Room (2019)


#EscapeRoom (2019): 5/10

Escape Room was directed by Adam Robitel (‘Insidious: The Last Key’), and stars Deborah Ann Woll (‘Daredevil’) and Logan Miller (‘Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse’) alongside ‘Lost In Space‘s Taylor Russell as a group of unsuspecting people are invited to take part in a lucrative escape room that could see them walk away with $10,000.

Escape rooms are popping up all over the place these days, with more extravagant room themes and ideas, so it was inevitable we would eventually see a film in the same vein. And the film doesn’t start too badly; there are 30-40 minutes of setup ready for the games to begin, which is adequate enough. Even the room puzzles and setups of each room are well crafted and thought out, each individual room having it’s own theme that somehow ties in to one of the players’ past life experiences.

Unfortunately, that’s where a lot of the enjoyment will end for most. The film feels very much like a mash-up of ‘SAW V’ and ‘Cube’, bettering neither of them. What’s worse, none of the characters really stand out and are so stereotypical; the overconfident young businessman, the truck driver, the introverted genius, the avid gamer. The final nail in the coffin is the film’s ending, that does more to hurt the overall plot than improve it; it feels very unnecessary. If you’re just in it for the casual thrills though, there may be enough to tempt you in.

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