Movie Review: ESCAPE ROOM (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

ESCAPE ROOM was directed by Adam Robitel, from a screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik, based on a story by Schut. The film stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine and Nik Dodani with Yorick van Wageningen.

An intriguing invitation bring six strangers together. Initially, they think they have gathered for a highly immersive escape room, but they soon make the sickening discovery that they are pawns in a sadistic game of life and death. Together, they move from one terrifying scenario to the next as they find clues and solve puzzles. But the players soon learn that exposing their darkest secrets may hold the key to survive.

The movie follows six strangers that get a strange invitation to the Escape Room but first they have to solve the puzzle box that’s arrived at their homes. Zoey (Taylor Russell), Ben (Logan Miller), Jason (Jay Ellis), Amanda (Deborah Ann Woll), Mike (Tyler Labine) and Danny (Nik Dodani) all meet up in a waiting room that surprisingly also serves as their starting point and they quickly realize that the people behind this Escape Room aren’t playing around. As a matter of fact, this thing is down right deadly and there’s no backing out for this small group of participants.

As they cautiously play along, the terrified group finds clues and keys that allows them to unlock each trap but as they move on to the next location things get much more difficult. They also discover that whoever is calling the shots knows way too much about them and is playing their own fears and flaws against them. As bad as it appears for them, it all gets worse when things begin to get deadly for the small group which sets some of them into hysterics while bringing out the hero in a few others. One by one the team’s ranks slowly diminishes as the contestants are eliminated but what the survivors find out in the end is that there’s really no way out of the Escape Room.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork and the DVD disc is chrome with the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Escape Room ended up being a fun horror-thriller that’s based on the popular team-bonding mystery-solving room craze around the country. There’s been three movies with the same title to release over the past couple of years and this one is easily the best of the trio. The best thing about these escape rooms are the designs of each one and the ones in this movie are extremely imaginative. Sure, some of the traps are way over-the-top but that also keeps things exciting for the viewer because it never slows down. The story is smart because it’s full of twists plus each character is given some development which most horror movies don’t do. This allows the viewer to pick their favorites and cheer them on as they fight for their lives. The cast did a great job with their characters and I thought Adam Robitel delivered a fast-paced horror-thriller that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll. The movie has elements of Saw, Cube and Final Destination but without the torture porn. Escape Room is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a never-before-seen alternate ending and opening, six deleted scenes and four featurettes. Hear from director Adam Robitel and the cast about how the film’s 360-degree architectural spaces prove to be some of the most adversarial characters imaginable in “Games, Set, Match.” Then, learn about how Escape Room was built with practical effects and no green screens as the cast and crew dives deep in “The Lone Survivors.”

  • Deleted Scenes (19:02)
  1. Alternate Opening *
  2. Ben Liquor Store
  3. Jason Motorcycle
  4. Mirror Flashback
  5. Jason Office
  6. Technician and Zoey
  7. Gaslight
  8. Alternate Ending *
  • Four Featurettes: Each featurette takes the viewer behind-the-scenes and shows how some of the rooms were created. There’s also interviews with some of the cast and crew.
  1. “Games, Set, Match” (04:55)
  2. “The Lone Survivors” (04:!9)
  3. “Will You Ever Part 1″ (01:03)
  4. “Will You Ever Part 2” (01:02)
  • Digital Copy
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