An utterly superfluous movie. Have you seen Cube? Or perhaps Saw? Maybe My Little Eye? All identical. But this has put last year’s zeitgeist as its title as a selling point.
The major problem with this outing of the plot is that it invites us to participate in a puzzle but provides none of the clues. A good story lets the audience guess the answer just a second before the cast. Or, at least, make the answer obvious in retrospect.
But, in Escape Room, we just get people shouting at each other and repeated jump-scares. There are no puzzles for us to solve, just paper-thin characters stuck in a ridiculous plot. Which renders the whole thing slightly pointless. It’s just tortureporn with a daft veneer of intelligence.
The special effects are great, and the cast all perform gamely. But it is a lazy movie with few redeeming features.