*ing: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Adam Robitel, Tyler Labine
Caught-in-a-puzzle-fighting-for-life kind of movies have become staple to Hollywood cinema and Escape Room is no different. It draws its life and breath from a puzzle in which the unknowing contestants get caught in a box room with no keys to escape even as the programmers literally turn the heat on them by activating heaters that will singe them to death if they do not find a way out. The rigmarole continues till the movie continues and nothing less than casualty itself gives you a let-off.
Yes, nothing new you would say. Many such have been on tape for many years, some good others mostly bad and way off the mark.
Escape Room gives you no escape from hounding claustrophobia as a group of youngsters try to save their lives by, well, trying to escape as the scenario continuously gets murkier than before. It is a breathless kind of movie, playing to the gallery on pressing your fear and anxiety buttons all at the same time. It depends on what side of the spectrum you are as a movie whether that the movie will or will not appeal to you. As psychological thrillers go, this one has pace and an impending inevitability that keeps you on the edge.
So be careful as the inmates fight hard to flee the maze without losing their mind and lives solving riddles laid down by the evil games master and his unrelenting gaze on the people under his stick.