Escape Room (2019)
Critic Consensus: 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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The production design on this film is fantastic... I was dazzled from scene to scene.
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.
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.
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.
Nifty, nasty high-concept horror, with dabs of Saw and Final Destination.
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As a fan of the real escape rooms I was somewhat interested in the premise and - the pointless in medias res beginning aside - the actual set-up isn't bad. The characters mostly stay flat though and there are hardly any riddles to solve, only the upside down room is actually fun. And so things go as you'd expect, one victim per problem, and the ending borrows from the usual suspects like Hostel. Wasted opportunity that tries too hard to build a franchise while being not nearly as smart as it thinks it is.
Could have been a clever thriller but this is marketed to the incorrect crowd, it worked though, considering its success. The storyline needed development and the characters are full of exposition. I liked parts of the story and the overall ending is fun, but the filmmakers try way too much. A sequel might course correct the series. I thought this would be guilty fun and it is to a certain extent, but it didn't hold a lot of story to build on. The sequel doesn't have to tread over the pitfalls of the first and I believe it will improve the concept and storyline. 18/04/2019
Anyone who has ever seen Cube or Saw will quickly notice how unoriginal, derivative and plain dumb this movie is - only adapted to the modern "escape games" fever but barely managing to be fun with a series of lame traps and silly revelations that don't really matter.
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