Escape Room 2: Tournament of Champions (2021) Film Review

Director: Adam Robitel

Writers: Will Honley, Maria Melnik, Daniel Tuch

Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll

RATING: 3 Stars

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Six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive. Joining forces with two of the original survivors, they soon discover they’ve all played the game before. – From IMDB

I’m not going to lie, I went into the cinema today fully expecting to hate this movie. I thought it was going to be yet another completely unnecessary horror sequel, coz we seem t be getting a lot of those this year, and I was already over it before it even started. And maybe it was because of those low expectations, but I found that I actually quite enjoyed this. Yes it’s predictable, and yes, it is a completely unnecessary sequel. But it has a well paced story, interesting characters, and imaginative puzzles. I know, I’m shocked too.

Zoe and Ben return from the first movie, both obviously still traumatised by THAT experience, but they are joined by 4 other survivors of other games. Each character is well written, is given good background and some character development, I have watched a lot of more mainstream films than this so far this year that cannot claim that.

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The ‘Thinking they were out of the game, but finding out pretty quickly they were still in the game’ thing did start to wear a little thin by the end, and I found myself rolling my eyes the third time they were fooled by this trick, but I guess you can’t blame them for being hopeful. I can see how some people may find watching other people solve puzzles to be a boring watch, but I was tense and engrossed the whole time. The atmosphere and the tension were built excellently.

Then we get to the third act. And I really don’t know what I think about it. Get that that they are obviously setting up for a third instalment in the franchise, but I do think that closing scene was a bit much. And it leaves the audience with so many questions. I did expect there to be a cliff-hanger ending, but I didn’t expect to be left so very very confused.

If you liked the first one, the second its more of the same, with great characters and more over the top puzzles. Strangely, and unexpectedly, I would recommend this for a trip to the movies. I had a weirdly good time.

‘Escape Room 2’ is out in UK cinemas now.

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