Although the title pretty much explains the plot, No Escape Room is about Michael (Ghanimé) and Karen (Ross), a father and daughter who turn to a local escape room to pass the time after their car breaks down. There, they meet a nice couple and another man, and together, they all enter what they think is a normal escape room activity. It starts off going really well, and the group works together to solve the room’s puzzle. But when the door opens and they all move to leave, they find themselves in another creepy room with no way out.
At first glance, the film appears to have a lot in common with other movies like 2019’s Escape Room, but once you get past the initial setup of how a group of strangers end up in an escape room together, they have nothing in common. No Escape Room diverts from expectations with a genre-bending story that you don’t see coming. Based on reviews from IMDb and Vudu, viewers gave the film around three stars, which isn’t bad at all, considering that it likely had a low budget and less access to special effects capability or bigger actors than films like Escape Room.
If you don’t go in with too high expectations, No Escape Room is a fun, surprising horror film that keeps the mystery going until the very last second. If its current success on Netflix is any indication, it’s definitely a flick to check out if you’re a fan of the horror genre.
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