REVIEW: Escape Room - Tournament of Champions

I am aware that this film is still pretty new, so will do my best to keep spoilers to a minimum. Having said that, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

If you've read our review of the first Escape Room (2019) you'll know that as an interactive events company we often get compared to escape rooms. Although we operate and present our puzzles in a very different way, if I was as evil and clever to think up the puzzles that the contestants in this films are put through I would be rather smug.

After thoroughly enjoying the first movie, we we're very excited to see what the second instalment had up it's sleeve. And I can happily say that we we're not disappointed.

Following on almost directly from the first movie, the film begins by re-introducing Zoey (Taylor Russell) and Ben (Logan Miller) as they head to New York in search for answers and to out the organisation that put the in the first game.

After a chase through the streets of New York, they end up on the subway, in what unknown to the them at the time, is the first room.

These rooms are equally as detailed and impressive as the rooms from the first film. The puzzles unveil themselves to you along with the contestants and are both clever and cunning. Some of the scenarios and consequences for not completing a puzzle are very gruesome. The way in which some contestants are taken out is much more heart breaking than the firm movie, made even worse by the fact that you can see how much pain being in this situation again is causing them all.

The new set of contestants are as likeable and diverse as the original set. I grew a particular soft spot for Rachel (Holland Roden) who pushed each contestant forward and empowered them to move on. One of the most touching scenes was in the New York room when she and Brianna (Indya Adrianna Moore) are cornered. The pair embrace and hold each other up as they are showered with acid rain, in an epic portrait of strength and sisterhood.

Having said that, I did feel as thought the scene within the New York room was a little rushed. Although at that point it was the 4th or 5th room, so I suppose there was a danger of it becoming a bit samey. Still the explorer in me wished to examine every corner of that room along with the contestants to figure out the puzzle.

What really hit me smack in the face was the epic plot twist towards the end of the movie. Although in hindsight the signs were all there, this twist blew my tiny mind. And in an effort to not spoil it for those who have yet to see this film, that is where I will leave it.

The last 10 minutes or so of the film fell a little flat in comparison to the rest however. The Big reveal of what has been happening in the background the whole time is a little predictable, and although it was satisfying to see all the connections coming together, it wasn't exactly mind blowing. Where as the first film felt almost like a hidden gem, this sequel had obviously been made with a mass commercial market in mind and so some of the puzzles were almost spelled out for those with less clue hunting experience.

Having said that, I know for a fact that when the next instalment is released we will be one of the first in line at the box office!

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intresting filming style, the use of perspective is great. Amy adams is fab but the teenager is a bit heavy handed on the emotion- perhaps thats the point Garry oldman and Jane are unsung heros (but w