ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Release Date: July 16, 2021
Director: Adam Robitel
Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Thomas Cocquerel
Plot: Zoey and Ben get pulled back into the sinister world of Minos and their high-stakes escape rooms
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
If you saw the first film in this franchise you know exactly what to expect out of this one. And it will give you exactly what you expect. Nothing more, and nothing less.
Just like the first film, the characters are drawn into the game in an unsuspecting, but very high stakes way, and from then on it's a frantic race to find all of the clues and escape before they all die. It does have several moments of suspense, and there are a couple of twists along the way that make the story more compelling, but it is essentially the exact same film as the first one, just with updated rooms.
There are a lot of good things about this film, but there are a few things that lessen the story and suspense. For one, it gets extremely annoying that the characters are always screaming as they are trying to figure out the clues. I get that it is a high stress environment, but the screaming is so annoying and over the top. Also, some of the clues are nearly impossible to figure out, but they always manage to get there. And finally, while this film does advance the overall story of the franchise, this film is essentially a replica of the first one.
Aside from that, and a few plot holes that always pop up in movies like this, it is a fairly entertaining and fun flick. If you want to spice up your movie-going experience, but you don't want to go to a full on horror movie, this one is a good choice. Just don't expect too much out of it and you won't be disappointed.