Review: Escape Room, the Botched Thriller


Ian Leonard, Arts & Entertainment Editor


Within recent years, interactive puzzle rooms called “Escape Rooms” have become mainstream and are continuing to gain popularity. Through the recent increase of these escape rooms, a movie adaptation has recently come out. The premise has been adapted into a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to escape or else they will die.

Directed by Adam Robitel, the main premise of Escape Room is about six adventurous strangers travel to a mysterious building to partake in an escape room with the prize of $10,000. What starts out as seemingly innocent fun, soon turns into a living nightmare as each room is an elaborate trap that’s part of a sadistic game of life or death.

The average rating score on Rotten Tomatoes was a 5.2/10 and the most popular opinion was “Escape Room fails to unlock much of the potential in its premise, but what’s left is still tense and thrilling enough to offer a passing diversion for suspense fans.”

Personally, I have to agree with the popular opinion by most critics and felt that the premise was a really interesting idea but it was poorly executed.