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 $10,000. 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.
Director: Adam Robitel
Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, Nik Dodani Logan
January 4, 2019
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Rated PG-13 for terror/perilous action, violence, some suggestive material and language
Runtime: 1h 39 min
Escape Room is one of those January horror releases that pop up every year. For all intents and purposes, it should be terrible and forgettable. Escape Room is surprising in that it’s actually an entertainingly brisk sci-fi horror film. The film itself plays out like a blood and gore less version of Saw, at least on the surface. As the film goes on, you’d be hard pressed to ignore a more than passing similarities to the 1997 sci-fi gem Cube. Nobody would ever accuse this film of being as intelligently written as Cube but it works more often than it doesn’t. That’s because the film cast is surprisingly likeable even though their characters are written with only the most basic levels of layering. Recognizable faces such as Deborah Ann Woll, Tyler Labine and Jay Ellis give the film a bit more clout than you’d usually expect from films of this ilk. Sadly, the film does lose a bit of steam in its final act where it seems to rush through the conclusion only to set up a possible sequel, never allowing this original entry’s plot to settle. Ultimately, Escape Room is one of those fast food style films where you’re liable to forget about it shortly after you leave the theater but then have a sequel pop up a year later.