The outcome left a bitter taste in my mouth but I’m gonna give ”Escape Room” the benefit of the doubt here: it took an existing game in the real world and added an interesting concept that made it very intriguing enough to watch let alone one that’s actually very suspenseful and filled with some sort of bravado. But what good is that when the overall execution comes off as something decent at best up until the very end of it ruins it all? I would give more a crap about the characters but they’re not fully fleshed out when it’s all said and done. The set-pieces are interesting as well as Adam Robitel’s directing. You can tell that he is a very talented director and his vision for how he interpreted this is nothing short of creative and maybe even inspiring. The story goes from an entertaining yet cheesy case of escaping life and death room scenarios for money to complicating the characters backstories into this melodramatic case of lecture about the state of human civilization and how we used to be tough, how it’s survival of the fittest, so on and so forth.
Again, it’s complicating itself, trying to give off these sophisticated ideals or morals in a film that didn’t take itself all that seriously in the first place. It’s not cringe inducing, it’s not nauseating, it’s nowhere near Fifty Shades level of bad, ok? It’s possible to make it through this film but the film clearly leaves more questions than answers in its wake and it’s disappointing to see SONY throw yet ANOTHER unique attempt at a film with some merit out the goddamn window in exchange for, once again, giving into their corporate, reckless sense of greed.
That combined with the ending? That almost makes going back to see this film again not worth it.