Escape Room (2017) Offers Promising Yet Underwhelming Take on Popular Trend [Review]

Escape Room (2/5)

Directed by Will Wernick

Written by Will Wernick & Noah Dorsey

Starring Evan Williams, Annabelle Stephenson, Elisabeth Hower, Dan J. Johnson, John Ierardi, Kelly Delson & Iris Avalee

Escape Room sees six friends test their wits and strength in a themed escape room that may be more dangerous than they thought.

After seeing this film added to Netflix and with another escape room themed film coming out with the same name, I thought it’d be great to check out this flick just to see what it would be like. I hadn’t seen any trailers so I went in with a fresh mind and no idea of the story.

Escape Room is one of those starter horror movies, one that you watch when you’re not too sure of the genre and don’t feel like handling some of the more heavy hitters like Saw. It doesn’t have a lot of the substance that some others in the genre are thriving with but it does give some thrills along the way.

The film follows Christen (Elisabeth Hower) and her friends as they go out to dinner for her partner Tyler‘s (Evan Williams) birthday. She surprises Tyler and their friends with tickets to an exclusive escape room experience that she received a mysterious invitation from as she reveals on the way there. The friends are apprehensive, as they should be when it comes to an out of the blue invitation to an escape room that no-one’s heard of. But they all soon warm to the idea during an incredibly awkwardly written ride to the location, filled with so many unnatural pauses between dialogue. One of the friends, Natasha (Annabelle Stephenson) is so hostile to the rest of the group that it’s any wonder why they’re friends with her at all, she comes across as incredibly unlikeable (as do most of the other characters) and it becomes apparent that she has a thing for Tyler which creates a stand-offish awkwardness to her interactions with everyone else as they clearly don’t approve.

Things amp up when they reach the escape room, the group is separated and they must complete tasks and puzzles to unlock the doors, but things quickly go horribly wrong. The acting in the following scenes is for the most part uninspiring but honestly, I had a lot of fun watching the way the story unfolded and seeing the gruesome effects that the puzzles had on the characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any of the characters that likeable so I didn’t have much of a hard time when they each met their fates, I was more interested in what would eventually happen to them within the twisted escape room. I was somewhat disappointed that the death scenes didn’t really have me cringing in my seat, aside from one, they were mostly average and didn’t have that “biting your nails in horror” factor.

Honestly, I think there’s better horror out there to watch, but if you’re looking to curl up on the sofa with some friends and watch something a little corny then Escape Room is perfect. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.

If you want to check out the trailer for Escape Room you can do so here:

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