Movie Review: Escape Room (2019)

Unrelated to the 2017 film of the same name, Escape Room is 2019 thriller based on the real-world concept of escape rooms. Directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan, Insidious: The Last Key), the film sees six strangers each receive an invite to participate in an escape room – Zoey (Taylor Russell), Ben (Logan Miller), Amanda (Deborah Ann Woll), Mike (Tyler Labine), Jason (Jay Ellis) and Danny (Nik Dodani) with a $10,000 prize for first completion.

+ the escape room itself, and the various puzzles therein, are actually pretty cool, at least at first. Without the danger, the rooms would be pretty fun to play though

– every character is hugely unlikable. Of course there are the designated antagonists of the group, but literally none of the main characters are friendly and/or interesting enough for it to be anything other than a relief if they
– the films ends with lots of unanswered questions, and several pretty big plot holes, which are seemingly only not plot holes by dumb luck, or me making things up to explain them away

Should you see this film: I’ll give you some words of advice, taken from the film itself: If you’re thinking of watching this movie, think outside the box, open new doors to your viewing room of choice, and seek a chance to escape from putting yourself through this torture.


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