Escape Room Reviews
Escape Room is a middling January movie with some thrilling moments punctured by a very weak story and okay characters hampered by mostly bad acting. The acting is pretty much flaming garbage except for Deborah Ann Woll (you may recognize her as Karen Page from Daredevil); however I do like most of the way the characters were portrayed. The escape rooms are unpredictable and do provide some very exciting actions. What I didn't like was that I felt like the plot was weak, culminating in a terrible ending to the movie. I think this is an excellent choice for a Saturday night Redbox rental in the future.
‚Escape Room‚? is a thriller following six players participating in one of the top rated escape rooms in the country. The group includes shy college student Zoey (Taylor Russell), veteran Amanda (Deborah Ann Woll), grocery store employee Ben (Logan Miller), rugged everyman Mike (Tyler Labine), jerk businessman Jason (Jay Ellis), and escape room fanboy Danny (Nik Dodani).
When the game begins, it doesn‚(TM)t take them long to figure out that this is unlike any escape room any of them have ever seen. In fact, the game seems like it is trying to kill them. It does, however, take a bit for them to realize that the game is designed based on secrets from the players‚(TM) pasts and a connection they all share. They must then learn to follow the clues if they want to make it out alive.
‚Escape Room‚? is directed by Adam Robitel, an up and coming director that showed promise with his debut feature, the found footage possession movie, ‚The Taking of Deborah Logan.‚? However, all of that promise was tossed into the garbage when he was tasked with directing ‚Insidious: The Last Key.‚? I understand the need to take the first studio film offered up to a promising young filmmaker, but it still wasn‚(TM)t a great movie.
Being not just the first new movie of the year, but a horror film as well, I didn‚(TM)t expect much from this story. I expected a PG-13 ‚Saw‚? rip off, which it sort of is, filled with a bunch of characters I didn‚(TM)t care about. However, I actually found myself enjoying this film. I thought the characters were interesting, the attention to detail pretty cool, and I actually felt bad when a couple of the players died in the game. Then the end happened.
Whatever good will this movie managed to have with me was pretty much gone in the last five minutes. Spoiler alert ‚" the character of characters that manage to survive the game embark on a quest to hunt down the games creator who, like a Bond villain, has anticipated this and is ready for another game. This sets up a sequel that, frankly, isn‚(TM)t needed. I know we ended up with seven ‚Saw‚? sequels and countless rip offs, but having this faceless corporation creating deadly scenarios based on a group of players is more interesting (and barely, at that) than what they are setting up.
‚Escape Room‚? is not worthy of any deep analysis and will likely be forgotten in five years. Maybe it‚(TM)ll show up on TV and you end up watching it because you‚(TM)re bored and can‚(TM)t find the remote, which is a better option than paying to see it. However, if you must, maybe walk out or turn it off when you see a plane, which will allow you to see the good version of this movie before it got silly. Okay, sillier.