As most people know, January isn’t exactly well known for its quality movies. Especially horror. The amount of crappy horror movies I’ve seen in the months of January and February is staggering. Cue flashbacks to the suffering I inflicted upon myself during The Bye Bye Man. So, needless to say, I was quite skeptical when I first heard about this film. It was releasing in January, seemed like a watered-down Saw rip-off, and just did not impress me with the trailers. But, I decided to give it a chance. And, for the most part, I was pleasantly surprised.
There’s quite a bit that works for this movie. The performances are strong and the story flows along pretty nicely. Even the ending, which just baits for the sequel, works. And I usually hate when movies do that. Granted, this one is getting a sequel and that’s mainly why it works. And, as for the reason this film mainly works, the various escape rooms. They are, for lack of a better word, awesome. Each one is unique and just plain cool to watch. The filmmakers did an excellent job in designing these rooms. With that said, there are things holding the film back. One being the rating. As I’ve said before, I’m not a stickler for films having to be a certain rating. But, in the case of Escape Room, they should have gone for the harder R-rating. Could have gotten away with more, in my opinion. The other being that a certain character could have been left out. He was obnoxious and rude, and I really hated every second he was on screen.
Escape Room should not have worked. It released in a terrible month for movies and felt like a rip-off of a more well-known franchise. Yet, despite all that, it turned out to be a decently enjoyable movie that takes advantage of its concept. Yes, I wish it would have been more graphic for my taste. But, I’ll take what they gave me. I was definitely intrigued enough to see a future movie. And, with a sequel already in development, it looks like my curiosity will be fulfilled.