Escape Room (15)



Thriller (2019)
100mins S Africa/US

Starring: Logan Miller, Taylor Russell, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll, Nik Dodani
Director: Adam Robitel
Writer(s): Maria Melnik, Bragi F Schut
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Six strangers - Amanda Harper, Ben Miller, Danny Khan, Jason Walker, Mike Nolan and Zoey Davis - receive invitations to take part in the Minos Escape Room, which boasts a 10,000 dollar prize for anyone who can complete the challenge. The men and women arrive at the facility as instructed and take a seat in a waiting room. When Ben attempts to leave for a cigarette, the door handle breaks and the strangers realise that the game has begun.

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Escape Room (15)

Inspired by TV shows including The Adventure Game and The Crystal Maze, escape rooms are immersive tests of skill and nerve, which challenge participants to uncover hidden objects, crack codes and solve puzzles within a strict time limit. There are hundreds of fiendish rooms across the UK and Ireland, which reward teamwork, verbal communication skills, ingenuity and pluck in a claustrophobic setting with the pulse-quickening tension of a ticking clock...

Escape Room. Copyright: 2018 CTMG, Inc. Caption: Jay Ellis as Jason Walker, Taylor Russell as Zoey Davis, Logan Miller as Ben Miller and Tyler Labine as Mike Nolan in Escape Room, directed by Adam Robitel. Photo: David Bloomer. All Rights Reserved.Director Adam Robitel and scriptwriters Bragi F. Schut and Maria Melnik tap into this craze for interactive entertainment for the warped premise of a predictable horror thriller. Escape Room is engineered with many of the same parts as the Saw franchise, albeit without the relentless gore and entrails. Set in Chicago, the film throws together six hastily sketched strangers and compels them to play for their lives in a series of diabolically designed rooms where one wrong move could prove fatal. Only three protagonists are blessed with flimsy back stories, which tips the wink about who is likely to perish first and neutralises any half-hearted attempts to generate dramatic tension.

Desperately shy college student Zoey Davis (Taylor Russell) is a genius with numbers and theorems but she is afraid to step out of her comfort zone. "Try doing something over break that scares you," a tutor encourages her. Soon after, Zoey receives an invitation to the Minos Escape Room, which boasts a 10,000 US dollar prize for anyone who can complete the perplexing challenges and unlock a final door. Mustering her courage, Zoey arrives at a hulking concrete building and enters a waiting room where she meets the other players: Iraq War veteran Amanda Harper (Deborah Ann Woll), grocery store worker Ben Miller (Logan Miller), nerdy escape room enthusiast Danny Khan (Nick Dodani), smooth-talking stockbroker Jason Walker (Jay Ellis) and former miner Mike Nolan (Tyler Labine). The participants trade awkward pleasantries until Ben attempts to leave for a cigarette break. The waiting room's metal door handle breaks and the strangers deduce the game has begun. Amanda, Ben, Danny, Jason, Mike and Zoey excitedly scavenge their surroundings for clues. They are blissfully unaware that their temporary prison is laden with booby traps fashioned by a Machiavellian games master called Dr Yu (Yorick van Wageningen).

Escape Room is bolted together with sequels in mind and it doesn't take a genius to identify which character is most likely to survive until the end credits. Designs of some of the rooms show flashes of imagination but a breathless penultimate challenge is a hallucinogenic trip too far into the realms of the absurd. Playing an escape room in person is far more thrilling and intellectually stimulating than anything Robitel conjures on screen but he elicits solid performances from an ensemble cast, who are meat for the cinematic grinder.

- Sam Cannon

Escape Room. Copyright: 2018 CTMG, Inc. Caption: Jay Ellis as Jason Walker, Taylor Russell as Zoey Davis, Logan Miller as Ben Miller and Tyler Labine as Mike Nolan in Escape Room, directed by Adam Robitel. Photo: David Bloomer. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 15th February
To Thursday 21st February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema, Drogheda
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Harvey Centre
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Lowestoft, East Coast Cinema
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 22nd February
To Thursday 28th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Harvey Centre
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Lowestoft, East Coast Cinema
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York


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