The idea of six strangers cooped up together to solve a puzzle in order to save their lives is a compelling set up for a horror movie, but whatever chance Escape Room had in the beginning of standing out among others in its genre, it destroys in the final minutes of the film, ultimately ending up as underwhelming and predictable. — Lena Anyuolo
Six strangers, Zoey, Ben, Amanda, Jason, Mike and Danny receive puzzle boxes in the mail which they have to solve to access their entry voucher to Minos Escape Rooms where a $10,000 cash prize is the reward to the winner who solves the rooms. They arrive on the material day and are ushered into a waiting room where an automated recording instructs them to wait for assistance. Growing increasingly impatient, Ben asks to leave, but they soon realise the waiting room is part of the game when Ben breaks the door handle, revealing an oven dial. It is at this point that the incessant cacophony of screams to ‘look for clues’ begins, and continues for most of the movie.
As the movie progresses, the true intention of the game becomes clear when the participants realise the rooms are tailored to mirror a trauma from their lives.
Movie courtesy of Westgate Cinema.
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