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"Escape Room" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Sometimes what you think will be bad turns out to be amazing and what you're excited for turns out to be disappointing. That's life, I suppose. Escape Room is one I've been excited for for a while but I was left feeling let down. There were some great moments, don't get me wrong. There were some times when I was on the edge of my seat. But mostly, I found myself rolling my eyes.

The film follows six strangers who are lured into trying out an escape room for a $10,000 prize. What they don't realize until it's too late is that there's many rooms, each one deadlier than the last.

I liked the story and the idea that the film presented. It was an unique approach to the trapped-in-a-puzzle-room-by-a-psycho plot. Each room was designed around each of the participants' worst life moments. For instance, one of the six had survived hypothermia and freezing conditions after a sailboating accident. So the room that was designed for him found the group trapped in an icy wasteland with the risks for hypothermia growing by the second.

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Most of the puzzles actually were challenging and nearly impossible to complete whereas only one was super easy. From a room built like an oven to a room where the floor literally falls out from under your feet, there was a ton of imagination put into the film, however, the film had its faults.

The biggest problem was the writing. The story itself was fine but the dialogue was horrendous. I don't know why every thriller writer has the characters argue and freak out on each other instead of actually pulling together and figuring out what to do in the situation. There's always one guy that goes nuts and turns on everyone else in the name of survival. There's always one that's ultimately useless until the end. There's always a smart one that tries to talk sense into the group but fails because the alpha is too busy making himself look like the king. It's always the same character development and I wish someone would change it up for once.

The acting was slightly bad but a letter grade above horrible. Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, and Tyler Labine were the only redeemable characters in the film. So it was quite literally split down the middle since there were six participants. The worst of all of them wasn't the alpha show-off or even the kid in denial, but Logan Miller's character Ben who was more concerned with self-degradation and wanting everyone else to pity him instead of contributing to the group.

In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend seeing it in theaters. Wait for Redbox or Netflix for this one. As awesome as the rooms were, the dialogue sucked a lot of the life out of the film and the ending didn't help matters much either. I give Escape Room a 2.5 out of 4.

© 2019 Nathan Jasper

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