Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.
What We Thought:
Before seeing Escape Room a friend said it looked like a PG-13 Rated Saw. After seeing the film, he’s exactly right. The concept and plot are pretty much straight out of that series minus the gore and R-Rating.
Six random strangers are invited to compete for $10,000 at an escape room. If you aren’t familiar with the trend, it’s a place where co-workers, friends, teammates, etc., go and solve puzzles to escape a room and go to the next room. They are pretty popular and companies use them for bonding and group problem solving. As the film progresses you realize these people weren’t picked at random. They all have similar stories (which I won’t spoil) that bring them all together. If you remember the Saw films, Jigsaw’s captives all had reasons for being taken as well. These strangers don’t realize it’s not a game right away unlike in Saw when people knew immediately they were in for a bad time. Basically it’s figure out how to escape the room or die.
Even though it’s nothing original in the slightest, I didn’t mind it overall. It’s at least good for one watch and it’s a good break from the awards season stuff that’s out. I liked some of the camera movement, especially the upside down pool hall room. It’s not overly slow and it’s just tense enough to keep you watching. We’ve seen all these types of characters before and we’ve certainly seen the plot before, but the film moves quick enough to hold your attention.
Escape Room won’t wow too many people and horror fans will see it as Saw-light, but it was fine for a night out. I like Tyler Labine and he made me laugh. Deborah Ann Woll was good too. I don’t see it catching on like Happy Death Day did, but it leaves itself open for sequels. Don’t expect much and you might be entertained.
Directed by: Adam Robitel
Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, Yorick van Wageningen
Screenplay by: Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik
Story by: Bragi Schut
Produced by: Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur