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Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions Blu-ray Review

“Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions” is a worthy sequel.

Set after the events of the first film, “Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions” finds the “winners” of the first game (Zoey and Ben) unable to move on. They decide to investigate the mysterious Minos Corporation behind the game, but alas, that leads them to be trapped in another escape room game. This time around the contestants are past winners of other games (comprised of Rachel, Brianna, Nathan, and Theo). Can the group survive rooms that contain an electrified subway car, acid rain, a bank with a nasty security system and a quicksand beach? Will there be some twists and turns? You’ll just have to see for yourself.

The first “Escape Room” was a pleasant surprise for horror fans. Although it owed much to franchises like “Saw” and “Cube,” escape room games certainly lended themselves to a horror film concept. What really made the first film work though was the inventive and unique production design of the rooms. Thankfully, that incredible production design work is back in full effect with this sequel thanks to the work of production designer Edward Thomas. I love the meticulous design of each room and the intensity they bring about upon the hapless contestants. The quicksand set was particularly visually stunning. It was like a living, breathing postcard. 

Outside of the rooms, this sequel helmed by Adam Robitel (who also did the first film) is about on par with the first. It was a proper continuation that deals with the after effects of the first installment while also building upon it by digging into the mythology a bit more. Moreover, I was quite found of seeing Zoey’s character arc develop more. She’s turning into quite the badass hero who has to endure so much. Kudos to Taylor Rusell for her performance as well.

Admittedly, the script by Will Honley, Oren Uziel, Daniel Tuch and Maria Melnik does get a bit absurd in the end. Without giving away too much, the story gets to the point where Minos seems to be everywhere much like the world of “John Wick” seemingly being filled with assassins on every street corner.

Note: This disc contains the theatrical cut and the 8 minute longer extended cut.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a pristine print.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a very active track that will please audio enthusiasts.

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* “Dazzling But Deadly”- A look at the escape room set pieces and how they were made.
* “Game Of Champions” is all about the characters. Don’t watch this one unless you’ve seen the film as it contains spoilers.
* “Upping The Ante”- A general overview of the sequel.

October 9, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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