Movie Review: Escape Room
Updated: May 27, 2019
Deborah Ann Woll (Daredevil, The Defenders, True Blood)
Tyler Labine (Reaper, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Dirk Gently)
Logan Miller (The Walking Dead, Ultimate Spider-Man)
IMDb 6.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes 48% Metacritic 48/100
Escape Room is a modern take on Saw franchise that pits people against their fears. Instead of an individual or two it's a group of six people that were vetted and put together and put through a number of various puzzle rooms that trigger their previous life altering moments. Each one was a survivor and was a statistical anomaly to begin with and the idea being who could beat the odds yet again.
The one thing that stood out to me during the film was how the direction of the film tied all the individuals together and tied in each of their previous traumas and even gave little minor flashbacks to them. The way it was woven made sense as to how they could proceed but there was also enough conflict and differences between them that impeded their progress at times. The oil and water don't mix was definitely referenced with the groups personalities all being completely different from one another.
It felt predictable with regards to the order and death of players in the game. Each had a particular skill or knowledge that allowed them to proceed from one room to the next. Once that tidbit of skill or knowledge was used it felt like there was nothing left for that character and they were promptly written off in the film. On top of that there isn't much of a hook with the characters there isn't much in the way of development to become invested in them and care for them when they are killed off.
The film in general is different enough from the Saw franchise that it doesn’t follow the same ideas and practices of those films. There are enough plot twists through Escape Room to keep it going and to keep you watching it through to the end. The idea being that the people in the film are going into a contest not knowing they are being placed with each other and there is a monetary prize at the end. Then things turn deadly and premise truly takes hold
The Mountain Man’s final thought on the film is that it was a different spin on a previously done films of that style. You aren’t going to find super in-depth characters in the film and at times certain characters may actually get on your nerves. But when you watched films like Saw you weren’t exactly watching it for the in-depth character development in the first place. Watch it for the genre and the idea that has a little bit of a twist to the previous ideas set in place by previous films in the ilk.
3.5 Beards out of 5