"Too Frenetic and Too Much Foul Language To Be Really Enjoyable"
What You Need To Know:
ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS is extremely intense and harrowing. However, the traps have a time limit, so the jeopardy is intense to the point of being too frenetic and grueling. As a result, TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS isn’t an enjoyable experience. The movie has a light moral worldview with some Christian, redemptive elements extolling sacrifice and doing the right thing. However, it also has lots of foul language and some politically correct elements where rich people are bad guys who exploit other people. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS.
ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS is a super intense, harrowing thriller about several survivors of deadly escape room puzzles who find themselves trapped in another series of escape rooms in New York City engineered by a mysterious, elite, evil gambling enterprise. ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS includes a lot of gratuitous foul language and is intense to the point of being too frenetic and grueling, so it’s not a fully enjoyable experience.
The movie opens on the two young survivors from the first ESCAPE ROOM movie, Ben and Zoey. They follow some clues to a warehouse in New York City used by the Minos Escape Room Corporation, which apparently has been abandoned. Minos is the outfit that arranged the deadly escape rooms from which Ben and Zoey were the only survivors. Zoey, who saved Ben’s life, wants to expose the people behind Minos and bring them to justice. Ben is reluctant to face the jaws of death again, but, because Zoey saved his life, he feels obligated to help her.
When they get there, a thief leads them on a chase into the city’s subway system. They find themselves trapped on a speeding engine car, separated from the rest of the train. Four other people are trapped with them, Nate, Rachel, Theo, and Brianna. The six people find out they were all survivors of deadly escape rooms created by Minos. All the metal on the car is electrified. The car soon reaches a dead end barrier, but then electrical lightning starts to build up on the car’s roof.
As the lightning starts to get more and more powerful, Ben, Zoey and the others spy a trap door on the floor. They also figure out that the ads in the car have missing letters. Coins printed with the numbers can fall from the stop-the-train handles attached to the ceiling. Can they find all seven letters in time to insert into a coin slot to release the trap door?
The subway car is only the first of several deadly escape rooms planned for the six victims. Will anyone survive? Will Zoey and Ben uncover the truth about the Minos Corporation so it can be stopped?
ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS is extremely intense and harrowing. However, all the traps have a time limit, so the jeopardy is intense to the point of being too frenetic and grueling. As a result, TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS ultimately isn’t an enjoyable experience, except possibly to moviegoers who have a masochistic fascination for such harrowing, grueling scenes. Also, although the movie has a light moral worldview with some Christian, redemptive elements (one of the four new characters is a Christian who risks his life to save another victim), there’s lots of gratuitous foul language. In addition, there’s a politically correct element to the story in ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS. To whit, the Minos Corporation uses the deadly escape rooms to satisfy the bloodthirsty gambling lusts of rich people. TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS is clearly designed to lead to a third movie, so the jeopardy to innocent people is obviously not going to stop. All in all, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.