ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (2021) Reviews and overview

 

‘Winning was just the beginning’

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is a 2021 action-adventure horror film about six people locked in another series of escape rooms.

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Directed by Adam Robitel (Escape Room 2019; Insidious: The Last KeyThe Taking of Deborah Logan) from a screenplay co-written by Will Honley, Maria Melnik, Daniel Tuch and Oren Uziel, based on a story by Fritz Böhm and Christine Lavaf and characters created by Bragi F. Schut. Produced by Neal H. Moritz.

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Plot:

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…

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Reviews:

” …the most irritating thing about Tournament of Champions is that you probably don’t even have to see it for the third one to work; you could probably skip it altogether. That’s an assumption, of course, but it speaks to just how little this sequel has to offer in terms of advancing the narrative, raising the stakes, or anything other than comfortably doing the same thing over again.” Arrow in the Head

“The story has elements of interest, enough for me to want to know where it’s going and, at this point, expect a sequel, and the acting across the board is far better than what this type of film deserves; similar to the original, Russell makes for an immensely likeable lead, and though the rest of the cast are a little restricted by their character outlines, they manage to transcend such.” The Au Review

“As with the first film, Tournament of Champions doesn’t have an ending […] which is dramatically unsatisfying and somewhat insulting to viewers paying to see a complete movie. Tournament of Champions improves on Escape Room in a few ways, delivering a middle act that’s loaded with hysterical sleuthing which resemble true gameplay, capturing the spirit of the cooperative event.” Blu-ray.com

” …plenty of mind-bending fun to be had in Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, even if the film seems to zip along rather quickly and its third act feels somewhat mis-paced compared to everything that preceded it. There’s also a rather big reveal that happens in the sequel that feels a bit out of step from the narratives we’ve seen in this series […] and while it was definitely a surprise, I think it slightly waters down the overall effectiveness of the story.” Daily Dead

“There is little chance that Escape Room 2 will win over critics of the first film, and even genre die-hards may be put off by the film’s bloodless, toothless, PG-13 horror instincts, but it would also be unfair to use any of the film’s more pronounced flaws as a means to disregard its genuinely entertaining, occasionally subversive nature.” Flickering Myth

“This budding franchise doesn’t even give us the fun of any elaborate deaths. The unlucky contestants just fall through holes, which allows the possibility for them to pop up later in the story, and also of course enables the film to court a teenage audience. With a bit more invention and the addition of a much-needed sense of humour, this could have been a light-hearted rival to the Saw series.” The Movie Waffler

“As before, this Escape Room is a sequence of mostly inventive set pieces bookended by a brief intro and outro. Hilariously, the intro here is basically a recap of the first film, via Zoey’s recounted memories on a psychiatrist’s couch, so that anyone who had passed out before the credits is at least up to speed. And the outro is nothing but a shameless set-up for a third instalment.” Stuff

“The characters are always squabbling, there’s room to wonder what some of them may be hiding, and, as you’d expect, not all of them make it to the end. But along the way, we witness a good deal of genuine cooperation, loyalty and self-sacrifice – these are human beings, not rats in a trap. It spoils nothing to reveal that Minos is not defeated once and for all: even if it looked that way, we’d take for granted that the door for sequels remained open.” The Sydney Morning Herald

Release date:

Sony will release Escape Room: Tournament of Champions theatrically in the USA on July 16, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Taylor Russell … Zoey Davis
Logan Miller … Ben Miller
Thomas Cocquerel … Nathan
Holland Roden … Rachel
Indya Moore … Brianna
Carlito Olivero
Jay Erving
James Frain
Tanya van Graan … Sonya
Jaymes Butler … Police detective
Anton David Jeftha … Orrie
Derek Siow … Paramedic Jarrod
Corin Silva … Ensler
Evan Hengst … Technician
Renee Harbek … Priscilla

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