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Movie Review: Escape Room

 

Available now on DVD is the thriller, Escape Room.

The film stars Evan Williams, Annabelle Stephenson, Elisabeth Hower, Dan J. Johnson, John Ierardi, Kelly Delson, and Iris Avalee, to name a few. I am honestly not familiar with any of the actors, but that is OK.

Tyler (Williams) is about to celebrate his 30th birthday. His girlfriend, Christen (Hower) gives him an unusual gift – admission into one of those popular escape rooms. 

If you are unfamiliar with an escape room, they are very popular these days. In fact, my husband and I did one once. Thankfully we came out of it alive, unlike most of the characters in this film (sorry for any spoilers). Escape rooms can be a lot of fun, especially if you do them with a group of people (my husband and I wish we had help solving some of the clues). To ideal of an escape room is to solve mysteries/puzzles in order to escape from the room (or a series of rooms). You have to escape before the clock counts down or you lose. In this film, you lose more than just the game (if you know what I mean?).

The friends all seem to be enjoying themselves, that is until Christen disappears. She reappears again on a video, naked and caged with some kind of clock counting down. Where is she and why is there a countdown clock near her? What happens when time runs out?

The friends soon realize this is not just a game for the fun of it – it’s a game for the lives.

One by one the friends are picked off. But why? Who is doing this to them? Is it someone whose hell bent on destroying Tyler’s birthday (and more?), or is there something more sinister at play here?

To find out you need to pick up a copy of Escape Room. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I’m not sure if this film is being promoted as a horror movie, or a thriller. I’m leaning towards thriller. As a horror genre fan I was not scared one bit.

This film was a bit predictable, sad to say. Almost from the start you have an idea of what direction the film is heading towards. In a way it reminds me of the Saw movies.

I find it interesting that the characters do not seem like people who would typically do an escape room. They come across as a bit too “snooty” in the film. Going to something fun and adventurous as an escape room would seem out of character for people like them.

The acting wasn’t anything too spectacular (no Academy Awards nominees here), but the Cinematography was pretty good. I was surprised by that.

The whole concept of the film (escaping with your life) is a great idea. It’s one of those “why didn’t someone think of it sooner” sort of thing. Sadly, I don’t think they evacuated the film was well as the could have. It was entertaining, don’t get me wrong about that, but the film had the potential to be a lot better.

My husband and I were entertained enough by the film, but we didn’t love it. It was just “OK.” There were some good parts. Like I said, the film had potential to be great. For some reason it was just lacking something that would have pushed it to the next level.

There are bonus features on the DVD including Director Commentary (I never do the commentary – I am not a fan of it), deleted scenes and oddly enough, bloopers (not as many bloopers and I’d like to have seen).

Below is the trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are that of my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and “mini zoo” consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher’s assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. wen budro says:

    That looks like a good one-time-watch for a rainy Sunday. The plot sounds interesting.

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