After a year of limited theatrical releases, the movies are officially back. And as such, a number of new horror movies have arrived just in time for the holiday season, as moviegoers grow more comfortable in theaters. The latest of these new releases is Adam Robitel's Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, which is a sequel to his 2019 original. Ahead of the movie's release, the reviews for the Escape Room's follow-up have started rolling in. Let's see what folks thought of Robitel's sophomore installment.
We here at CinemaBlend never miss a horror movie, with our very own Eric Eisenberg seeing an advance screening of Escape Room: Tournament of Champions and writing his very own review. He gave the second installment in the burgeoning franchise 3 out of 5 stars, praising the scares and action while acknowledging that the movie requires one to truly suspend disbelief in regards to realism. As he put it,
The overall premise of the Escape Room movies are pretty wild. Each trap involves giant set pieces, and it seems to be living outside the terms of reality. That same lack of concrete logic was touched by another review, written by The Wrap's William Bibbiani. An excerpt from the write-up reads:
Given Escape Room's dangerous traps and penchant for killing off its cast, there have been a number of comparisons to the long-running torture porn franchise Saw-- which recently returned to theaters with Chris Rock's Spiral. But Jake Wilson's review for the Sydney Morning Herald actually praises Tournament of Champions for treating its characters with more empathy-- even if they still end up killed off. As they put it,
But while there are some critics praising the treatment of Escape Room: Tournament of Champions' cast of seemingly doomed characters, others wanted to see each one given more backstory and depth. Specifically the fact that everyone involved in the new room had already survived their first Escape Room. And there is some great talent in the ensemble, including Pose standout Indya Moore. As AV Club's Jesse Hassenger wrote in his review:
Regardless of its perceived flaws, the Escape Room movies are about just that: the wild, dangerous rooms which need to be conquered in order to survive. The AU Review's Peter Gray praised the thrilling action of Tournament of Champions, as well as the performance by Taylor Russell as protagonist Zoey.
One of the most difficult parts in nailing a horror movie is sticking the landing of its finale. And the ending of Escape Room: Tournament of Champions was the subject of some discussion in the reviews. It seems the new horror movie ends in a way that so many do: by setting up a future sequel. As Blu-Ray.com's Brian Orndorf explained,
The horror genre is a unique one, with an absolutely rabid fanbase. As such, it should be interesting to see how moviegoing audiences respond to Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. The 2019 original found the audience and critic ratings nearly identical, so we'll just have to see if the sequel performs the same. And perhaps most importantly, how much money Escape Room 2 makes at the box office.
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions will hit theaters July 16th. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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