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Escape Room (PG-13)




Escape Room (PG-13)
Film Reviews by Amy

01/10/19



Six people play a puzzle game where the winner gets $10,000, the losers die and possibly the winner also dies in Escape Room.

Six people receive mysterious invitations to a puzzle-filled escape room. They are: traumatized vet Amanda (Deborah Ann Woll), shy nerd Zoey (Taylor Russell), truck-driver Mike (Tyler Labine), sad Ben (Logan Miller), puzzle geek Danny (Nik Dodani) and jerk finance guy Jason (Tyler Ellis). Once the game begins, they realize that the “interactive features” are for realsies — they might actually cook in a room-sized oven or fall dozens of floors down an elevator shaft. Thus are they motivated to solve puzzles that get them from one death-room to another with the ultimate prize of receiving $10,000 seeming very “meh” compared to the alternative.

For me, the funnest mystery of this not-terribly suspenseful, not-really-a-horror movie was trying to figure out where I know all the actors from. Some I could guess myself: Woll I know from True Blood; Labine I remember from Reaper, and Miller was in Love, Simon (technically, my guess was “a teen movie”). Some required IMDb: Russell is in the new Lost in Space but I think remember her from Falling Skies; Dodani is on Murphy Brown and Ellis is in Insecure. So in a way, this movie is about a contest for survival between six people, but more in a “who will break big enough not to have to be in any more movies like this” sense.

Do you like edge-of-your-seat suspense? Do you like nachos? Quality of the suspense offered by this movie is about equal to the quality of your classic concession-stand nachos. C

Rated PG-13 for terror/perilous action, violence, some suggestive material and language, according to the MPAA. Directed by Adam Robitel with a screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik, Escape Room is an hour and 40 minutes long and distributed by Columbia Pictures.

 






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