Continuing on from Escape Room (2019), the film begins with a rehash and summary of the last film and reintroduces the survivors, Zoey (Taylor Russell) and Ben (Logan Miller). After making a huge discovery about the masterminds behind the escape rooms, they head out on a journey, hoping that it will lead them to the headquarters. However, for the long journey, Zoey can’t travel by plane due to her horrific past. Instead, the two will travel to their destination by car.
Upon arriving at their destination, they use recent clues they have discovered and soon find themselves chasing a mugger before ending up on a city subway train. Soon it’s revealed that the mugger led them to a whole new Escape Room, unlike anything they have experienced before. However, the people joining Zoey and Ben are highly familiar with these Escape Rooms and the company that is behind them. They all reveal they have previously played, and each successfully escaped. Zoey and Ben are now with four other champions who know the game well.
Those who have seen the previous 2019 film will generally know what to expect with this sequel: fun puzzles which are highly creative and seeing our leads trying to survive each room in an attempt to beat death. Like the first film, I certainly enjoyed the high level of creativity in each room. The puzzles, again, are generally hit and miss. The level of excitement in watching leads crack codes and find answers to challenging questions is not always as exciting as the filmmakers would possibly intend.
Performances are fine, but lines of dialogue indicate this film is probably aimed at a more teenage audience. One aspect I did find more interesting than the previous film is the storyline and newly introduced mysteries. Granted, the vast majority of twists are highly predictable, but the film still had my investment as I wanted to know the outcomes as to who would survive this new and wild escape room.
Overall, those who enjoyed the previous film will generally have joy with this sequel. I’m thankful to see the sequel introduces new mysteries and more twists and turns within the story. The rooms, again, are so stunning to see visually, and the audio track is a blast, but watching attempts to escape is not always exciting to see, and sadly, big twists here are highly predictable. Lines of dialogue feel more fitting for a teenage audience. Granted, it’s still fun and brainless, and I was left hoping we see the third instalment in due time.