Five minutes into watching Escape Room on Blu-ray and I almost turned it off. It begins in media res, with a man (Logan Miller) in his early 20s scrambling to figure out clues in what is clearly a lethal room. He’s talking to himself, as the room is closing in. The scene ends with the character’s apparent demise.
It didn’t work for me at all. It was too on the nose, too much exposition, and some not so great acting. However, I had the time and I thought I shouldn’t bow out so quickly. I’m glad I made the choice, as Escape Room wound up being a decent thriller that worked within its PG-13 boundaries.
The concept is simple enough – a group of strangers have been invited to take part in a new escape room. Before long, they discover what connects them all, and the true reason for the rooms – that they’re designed to kill them. Which they do, though as per its rating, not in particularly gruesome ways. But dead is dead, right?
The acting throughout Escape Room is fine from nearly all involved (including Taylor Russell, Deborah Ann Wool, and an entertaining Nik Dodani), but its the room sequences that are the true stars of the show. That, and the actual mythology Escape Room winds up building towards what wound up being its inevitable sequel (Escape Room 2, April 17th, 2020, doncha know?); I was quite surprised at how genuinely intrigued I was with that aspect of the film. I know, I’m keeping in vague, but if you wind up watching the film, it’s worth discovering this storyline for yourself.
Got a few hours to kill and looking for solid thrill? You could do worse than escaping with Escape Room. You can buy it on Blu-ray here.