Escape Room

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Escape Room fails to unlock much of the potential in its premise, but what's left is still tense and thrilling enough to offer a passing diversion for suspense fans.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Escape Room

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  • The production design on this film is fantastic... I was dazzled from scene to scene.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Escape Room is not anything to get terribly excited about. But where suspense is concerned, the premise works: even when the trajectory of the story is easy to predict, there's no knowing what may be hidden behind any specific locked door.

    Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There is some enthusiasm on display at the outset...but the film, possibly prefiguring the response of any rational audience, is soon enervated by its own tiresome premise.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • The film is a knock-off construction with a bit of an identity crisis, marketed as horror but lacking either the Rube Goldberg ingenuity or sick verve of its genre bedfellows.

    Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Nifty, nasty high-concept horror, with dabs of Saw and Final Destination.

    Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A welcome addition to the small subgenre of horror films where people don't act stupidly under extreme duress.

    Jan 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Hughes

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Escape Room

  • Oct 19, 2019
    Full of mystery and intrigue, Escape Room is exciting thriller. When six strangers accept an invitation to participate in an escape room challenge they end up getting more than they bargained for; as the rooms soon turn deadly, changing the challenge into a fight for survival. The production designs for the rooms are incredible, creating really intricate and detailed traps. And the performances are pretty good too. However, the film kind of falls apart in the last act; which starts setting up a sequel and gives an unnecessary peak at the shadow organization behind the escape room. Still, the action scenes are intense and frightening, and the mystery of who the characters are and what has brought them together is compelling. While it has some flaws, Escape Room is a captivating horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2019
    If you've ever been looking for a PG-13 Saw movie, then Escape Room might just be the film for you. It follows a group of strangers who have been invited to a next-level escape room, one of those group challenges where people work as a team to solve a series of puzzles to "escape" from a locked room with a variety of dangers. The movie version kicks things up by making the Escape Room essentially Cube, filled with a series of elaborate death traps that pick off our characters outlandish room by outlandish room. The enjoyment of the movie is the curiosity of the rooms and the various challenges. The production design is inventive and impressive for its minor budget. The puzzles aren't exactly things that an audience can solve in the moment. They mostly involve clues that won't make sense because we can't explore the room, so it's just waiting for characters to solve things and make connections. The fun doesn't come from the puzzles but more what the rooms will do next. The assorted characters have a personal connection that is flimsy and leads to a late reveal of who is responsible for this wicked game. The movie is fun as you're watching it as long as you accept that little will make sense. Once it extends beyond the rooms and tries building a mythology and a conspiracy behind the rooms, that's where Escape Room starts to fall apart. It's a relatively minor but enjoyable thriller that lives in the moment and, in the future, should find more time to spend in the rooms and the crazy challenges. Much like The Maze Runner, once the characters are outside the maze, I just don't care. It works enough that I wouldn't mind more, if the filmmakers get their priorities right. Nate's Grade: B-
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2019
    Escape Room feels like watching part 3 or 4 of a franchise where everyone starts noting the formula and idea has lost its edge. The idea is interesting and there's some clever twists and turns. This is really a more PG version of Saw with no moral compass. Ultimately, the movie went too big out of the gate. The story was way too elbaorte and far too much was revealed about the orchestrators of this torture world. Saw was brilliant because of what it pulled off in a single room. Escape Room fast forwards past the opening introductions to a good premise into the overblown attempts to keep it relevant. A pity, because it will very much limit future sequels, perhaps they could go with prequels to a simpler time and less intricate traps. The actors did a reasonable job in their setting, rising above mere fodder for the machine. The sound track added to the film and the visuals were enjoyable rather than distracting. Overall a neat premise but really held back by missteps in scope and over explanation. Audiences do not need much why with this type of premise, it's all in the how.
    Shane S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2019
    I think this is about the third escape room based horror movie I've seen, and I'm preeeeeeetty sure it's the best one?
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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