Cole (Keegan Allen) is a famous influencer on social media. As a young boy, Cole began streaming his daily activities to the entire online world. After ten years of online success, Cole’s friends decide to celebrate Cole’s hard work by doing something unlike anything they’ve done before. Cole’s best friends have arranged a first-class trip to Moscow and have booked for the five of them to be part of a unique Escape Room. As they arrive in Moscow, they meet a wealthy man who is the proud owner of the Escape Room. The Escape Room is fitted with the latest technology and is loaded with realistic situations. Having cameras in each room will allow Cole’s current online followers to see all five members work together to solve various puzzles.
But as they begin the Escape Room, Cole becomes unsure about what he’s seeing. Elements that surround Cole seem to be real, and Cole is forced to do things that seem quite dangerous. He also discovers that he will need to save the lives of his friends by figuring out odd and unique puzzles. As Cole and his friends continue on, things only get far worse, and all five lives are now at risk. But this Escape Room isn’t real… or is it?
I enjoyed the film’s opening as it certainly moves at a fast pace. We also gain a greater understanding of who Cole is and the ten-year journey he’s been on. In this opening he basically explains the film’s premise and plot. Cole mentions during a live feed that his friends have plotted a trip to Moscow and he has no idea what his friends are getting him into. Funnily enough, Cole’s friends don’t really know either.
But unfortunately, once Cole and his friends arrive in Moscow the film takes at least thirty minutes until the five characters even begin the Escape Room. This was a disappointing element as the film had delivered such an exciting opening and premise. Before our leads begin the Escape Room, not a lot happens in regards to the plot and the time spent with our leading characters feels like a waste of time. All characters in this movie also give an over the top performance, and sadly they all feel forgettable.
But the biggest disappointment I have with this film is how predictable the entire plot was. The film attempts to build up many mysteries and tensions towards a significant twist ending, but I found all the reveals, including the film’s big ending to be far too obvious. By the time the movie ended, I felt annoyed.
Overall, this film brings a familiar concept to the screen. Friends visiting a premium Escape Room only to discover the room is a nightmare sounds pleasing, but the results are anything but. With uninteresting characters and the first act wholly wasted, by the time the journey in the Escape Room begins, the film’s remaining runtime is reduced significantly. The film’s twists and mysteries are all entirely predictable, leaving zero excitement or entertainment to experience. Those who enjoy movies like Saw (2004) and Escape Room (2019) may find some pleasure here, but for me, it’s most certainly disappointing.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden