Escape Room

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Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

Columbia Pictures presents an Original Film production, Escape Room.  Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen.  Directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key).  Produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Ori Marmur.  Screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik.  Story by Bragi Schut.  Use the hashtag #EscapeRoomMovie


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    TERRIFYING SECRETS HOLD THE KEY IN “ESCAPE ROOM”

     



    This February, you’re invited to play for your life!  From the producers of the Fast & Furious series comes Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room, a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

     

    You find yourself in a room – no windows, only one door, and it’s locked.  The madman who’s locked you in has set up a series of fiendishly clever and difficult puzzles that, when solved in the correct order, will lead to the key and your salvation.  And to add to the difficulty, he’s set a ticking clock, with one hour to complete the puzzles and escape… or face the consequences.

     

    What sounds like a horror movie is one of the fastest-growing entertainments in the world: the escape room phenomenon.  Armed with only your wits – and the variety of strengths of the people in the room with you – players have been cracking codes, deciphering enigmas, and unlocking hidden caches as quickly as they can.  Each room has a secret plot, with players piecing it together as a fun, team-building experience. Since the dawn of the concept in 2010, escape rooms have popped up all over the world at an amazing rate by satisfying human nature’s hunger for fun and escape from reality.

     

    When producer Ori Marmur tried out an escape room with his family, he saw the potential for a film – and because audiences worldwide have embraced the concept, it could be a film whose themes had global appeal.  “I thought it was very immersive and incredibly fun, sort of a living boardgame,” he says.  The project seemed to be a natural fit with a classic locked-room mystery setup, and with producer Neal H. Moritz, he began to shepherd the project.  Quickly, they hit on a way to raise the stakes, making the ultimate escape room: one that is not only hyper slick and incredibly dangerous – when the clock runs out, it means death.

     

    “You have to be using your brains when you’re in these rooms because the people who created the rooms want us to die one by one,” says actor Jay Ellis.  “You’re constantly trying to figure out what’s wrong, where you can or can’t step, and what’s actually the way out – versus what could be just a distraction.”

     

    According to Marmur, the filmmakers saw a way to make a film that played with the conventions of the genre – to make a film that played out as much as a psychological thriller as a horror film.  “It was an opportunity to do something fun.  This is a genre where everything usually happens at night and the visuals aren’t always compelling – it leaves a lot to your imagination,” he says.  “We went the other way; the movie has incredible sets with arresting visuals and an experience of the story that is very much like experiencing an escape room in real life.  The audience can feel like they are inside of the movie and figure out the puzzles and the riddles with our actors.”

     

    Columbia Pictures presents an Original Film production, Escape Room.  Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen.  Directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key).  Produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Ori Marmur.  Screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik.  Story by Bragi Schut.  

     

    Trailer at YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZhZFiMFH4Yc 

     

    In Philippine cinemas February 27, Escape Room is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #EscapeRoomMovie

     

  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator

    WOMEN CHARACTERS HAVE EACH OTHERS’ BACKS IN 

    “ESCAPE ROOM” 

     



    Teamwork is very important in solving puzzles in escape rooms. In Columbia Pictures’ new suspense thriller Escape Room, the only two women in the group tasked to solve the mysteries defy pop culture stereotypes by working well together instead of competing against each other.


    “I think so many genre films pit women against each other, they get catty and competitive, especially over the boys,” says Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Amanda, an army infantrywoman who was wounded in action during an IED explosion and now lives with ongoing trauma.

     



    The young actress, known for her fan-favorite roles in Marvel’s Daredevil and True Blood, says part of the reason she enjoyed making the film is the relationship between the two women in the group. “I love that this was a story about women who are allies, who find strength in one another and are different, distinct people.”

    To play a veteran of war, Woll’s research involved visiting forum boards and talking about dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and survivor guilt. “It was a really helpful resource for me,” she says.

    Escape Room director Adam Robitel says that the lingering effects of Amanda’s experience is something that all the characters are going through. “From my research, a lot of times PTSD survivors aren’t able to move on from [their traumatic] incidents,” says the director. “They replay it and it affects their lives. For our characters, putting them through the fire literally, they become stronger on the other side.”

    The only other female character in the group, Zoey, is played by Taylor Russell. A science student, Zoey is a timid and introspective loner who survived an airplane crash in which her mother was killed. Russell, best known for her work on Netflix’s Lost in Space and the television series Strange Empire and Falling Skies, was excited by the chance to join the project. “Zoey is extremely smart and has a lot of anxiety; she’s trying to navigate alone through this life,” says Russell. “[Director] Adam is a huge horror buff and this is his genre and he really thrives at it. He brought a lot of passion that obviously comes from that love, and that was great to see.”

    “It was important that Zoey have a vulnerable quality, but also could turn and rise,” says Robitel. “Taylor Russell just came in and destroyed it. She had everything I wanted — she could portray feeling powerless, but also showed how this character is incredibly smart.”

    In Escape Room, six strangers have chosen to be part of the escape room experience and, they will discover, there’s a mystery that links them all together. “They all chose to be there — they haven’t been kidnapped or forced there,” says producer Ori Marmur. That said, they all get more than they bargained for. “They all go there expecting one thing and then it becomes a very different thing entirely.”

    About Escape Room

    From the producers of the Fast & Furious series comes Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room, a suspense thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

    Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen.  Directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key).  Produced by Neal H. Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Ori Marmur.  Screenplay by Bragi Schut and Maria Melnik.  Story by Bragi Schut.  

    In Philippine cinemas February 27, Escape Room is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag#EscapeRoomMovie

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