First Glance: “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions”

A couple days ago we got our first look at the inevitable sequel to 2019’s low budget but highly profitable “Escape Room”. That film was an overly simplistic yet mildly entertaining horror thriller that eventually ran out of steam before completely flying off the rails in its attempt at setting up a sequel. Now we get the hilariously titled follow-up “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” which looks to be equally silly horror-lite escapism. The film sees the return of director Adam Robitel along with star Taylor Russell.

The first trailer all but promises more of the same as Russell’s character is once again thrust into a series of lethal escape rooms. Once inside she and the new group of victims must solve each puzzle in order to get out of the room alive. Then it’s on to the next one. This time around the rooms look more elaborate and interesting (though undeniably ridiculous). Hopefully this time there is a better story thread to hold everything together. If it manages that this could be a fairly fun diversion. But I’m not getting my hopes up.

“Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” opens in theaters July 16th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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