No Escape is the latest horror film to tackle the escape room phenomenon. For fans of James Wan’s Saw and Eli Roth’s Hostel, this one is for you.
No Escape makes a commentary on social media in an in-your-face kind of way. From the moment we meet, Cole (Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars) the host of a hit YouTube like series called #EscapeRealLife, we are overwhelmed by his hip, cool, edgy personality. This guy is one of those jaded, been there done that, adrenalin junkies who is always looking for his next fix.
In the trailer from Voltage Pictures, Cole dares his viewing audience to find something that scares him. Enter this mysterious, handsome Russian millionaire named Alexei (Ronen Rubinstein, 9-1-1: Lone Star) who makes the Vlogger an offer he can’t refuse.
He is getting an all expenses paid trip to Moscow to participate in an escape room experience and he can bring his closest friends. Of course, there will be epic parties, fine dining basically living the good life. What makes this particular game special is it is a tailor-made experience.
Uh-oh. We have seen this movie before. A guy and his friends get lured to a town in Eastern Europe with the promise of beautiful women and non-stop sex…is this Eli Roth’s Hostel in a different form?
But wait, No Escape gets better. When Cole and his gang touch down in Mother Russia, after the wining and the dining, they get transported to the escape room location which is in an underground warehouse.
Before they enter, Alexei tells them, “Remember as real as everything might seem, you’re safe.” There is the red flag we have been waiting for because it is anything but safe. Cole watches as his friends are placed in various harrowing situations where they are being tortured.
Now, we realize that this might be veering into James Wan and Saw territory. Except the action is being livestreamed to paying viewers. What we can deduce is that there is a scarred, evil mastermind behind all this darkness named Andrei (Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Yvon in Shameless) and he wants revenge for some offense.
No Escape is available on Digital and On Demand on Sept. 18.
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