Escape Room Reviews
Something between Saw and Cube
See this movie... but run out of the theater before the epilogue.
Original Score: 7/10
Acting was pretty bad, concept was, as other people have said, a poor mans jigsaw.
The characters had all been seen before in a million other trash movies and they weren't well done, just one-dimensional.
I've seen a lot worse but I've seen a lot better.
Bog standard average at best
Cinematically pleasing with a decent cast, the film had initially confirmed my bias through it's cheesie, ill-timed humor and lackluster first escape room. However, the third room genuinely had me on the edge of my seat.
Unlike other films in it's genre, the characters are mostly likeable. From the start, it is clear Zoey is written as the quick witted and doe-eyed Mary Sue of the bunch, with Ben serving as the one who was so-unlikely-to-win-it-was-blatantly-obvious-he-would-as-a-twist. Amanda falls into the badass ex-war-vet stereotype, Mike is essentially the goofy uncle of the bunch, Danny is the nerd, while Jason remained a downright despicable wolf.
Escape Room definitely isn't a horror movie or "Scary AF" as the review cited on the landing page of it's official website claims. Although the plot hit a few pitfalls, succumbing to cliches that run hand in hand with psychological thrillers, it's certainly an intriguing spin on the concept of the escape room industry. It does a much better job than Unfriended in taking something that is trending and translating it into an engaging, semi-electrifying film.
Escape Room isn't terrible, but I wouldn't say it's amazing, either. All-in-all, if you have an hour or two to spare, I recommend giving it a watch. In fact, I'm somewhat curious about the cliff hanger and may just see the foreshadowed sequel in theatres, as well.
I'd say Escape Room warrants a slightly higher rating than 5.2/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Personally? I'd rate the film 6.5/10, cautioning audiences not to escape the theatre while the film is figuring out it's footing during the first puzzle.