Did you know that escape rooms are scary? The thought of being locked in a room for an hour as a “group bonding supersize” with 5 co-workers you barley even know is chilling--let alone when the game designer wants to kill you. Will Wernick blasted into the genre with the critically divisive Escape Room (which is currently playing in my background) in 2019, and it seems he plans on keeping his motif with No Escape (also titled Follow Me).
A social media personality travels with his friends to Moscow to capture new content for his successful VLOG. Always pushing the limits and catering to a growing audience, they enter a cold world of mystery, excess, and danger. When the lines between real life and social media are blurred, the group must fight to escape, and survive.IMDb
The general problem with Escape Room was the feeling that the characters were not fully realized by both the actors and the script, though it’s still fun as hell to watch. Personally the initial fire room the “contestants” enter was really entertaining and was an incredible prelude; sadly the following rooms seemed to dwindle by on entertainment value. But this isn’t a piece about Escape Room.
The trailer looks like the film will shy away from bombarding us with ideas of new rooms every 10 minutes, give or take, and really delve into the character(s) of the story--allowing the puzzling situations that do pop up, the chance to be cherished and used as character definers.
On another positive note the film stars the accomplished Keegan Allen who has proven his acting chops on the big and small screen with Palo Alto, King Cobra, and Pretty Little Liars.
While the film seems to be fairly cut and dry, it does look to provide tons of entertainment value. The trailer really goes for too long, though. It’s 2 minute runtime takes what seems like could be the most interesting parts of the hour twenty-eight minute runtime, and throws it all in your face. But who knows, it could all be red herrings!
It’s probably safe to say if you enjoyed Escape Room, you’ll probably enjoy No Escape (Follow Me). And if you didn’t enjoy Escape Room you should probably give this one a shot as (from the trailer) it appears to take the best parts of Escape Room and retool and utilize the strengths it did have.
No Escape releases September 18th, think you can handle it?
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