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A movie to escape reality: Escape Room becomes a box office hit – The Eleight

A movie to escape reality: Escape Room becomes a box office hit

Owen Bower, Staff Writer

Everyone that finds themselves obsessed with escape rooms and trying to find clues and a fun little competition, the movie, Escape Room is perfect for you.

The movie is about six strangers that are given mysterious black boxes with tickets to an immersive escape room for a chance to win tons of money. Being locked in several rooms with extreme conditions, they discover the secrets behind the escape room and must fight to survive and to find a way out. Once they’re in the escape room, and once they realize their lives are at stake, they frantically search for clues, and make disturbing realizations about one another.

The cast ventures from a chamber that’s built like a giant oven to an indoor mountain range where they’re going to freeze to death. Another room is built like an upside-down pool hall, forcing them to solve puzzles while hanging on for dear life and listening to Petula Clark’s “Downtown” at full blast, which is skipping on the jukebox.

The contestants, who are promised $10,000 if they win the game, include a shy math wizard (Taylor Russell), a frustrated burnout (Logan Miller), a cheerful trucker (Tyler Labine), an alpha-male businessman (Jay Ellis), a scarred war veteran (Deborah Ann Woll) and an escape-room expert (Nik Dodani) who’s mostly just here for exposition.

The director is Adam Robitel, he graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, a double major in film production and acting. His film, Escape Room, which he developed and directed opened at number two in the domestic box office with a total of 18 million dollars, twice its production budget.