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Escape: Puzzle of Fear

Are you ready to pay for your sins?  That’s the question that is at the center of this clue-riddled movie because sometimes revenge is the sweetest dish served . . . especially when on a double date and trapped in an Escape Room.

Directed by J. Jones and written by Lizze Gordon, Escape: Puzzle of Fear put a hotshot Hollywood agent - with an incredibly dark and twisted past - at the forefront of a revenge plot when his girlfriend, Brittany (Aubrey Reynolds) takes charge of a killer Escape Room in downtown Hollywood.  There’s no puzzle to solve here because Matthew Blake (Tommy Nash) is a bad, bad man. 

"There are enough shocks and jolts along the way that keep us engaged with the revenge plot as the list of those aggrieved and aggravated grows and grows"


 

What we - as audience members of this thriller - get to do, though, is witness just how lowdown and deplorable Blake and his oldest friend, Tyler (Omar Gooding), actually are.   With involvement and motivations at an all time high, this enigma of carnival-type frights gets his hands and its thought very bloody as, it turns out, everyone has something at stake in this game of revenge.

With the best acting coming from Gooding and Reynolds, Blake must atone for the sins of his past and his present.  And it starts out, eerily enough, with the couples being arrested for the disappearance of two little girls which Blake and Tyler are all too aware of.  We are already aware of their crimes thanks to some heavy-handed flashbacks which reveal a bit too much of their gruesome twosome ways. Escape: Puzzle of Fear

All in all, Escape: Puzzle of Fear is a pretty novel concept and it is directed solidly enough on its low budget, which is always a good thing when it comes to VOD entertainment.  There are enough shocks and jolts along the way that keep us engaged with the revenge plot as the list of those aggrieved and aggravated grows and grows.

We get the idea of this thriller relatively quickly and it is the functionality of the Escape Room premise which works best, keeping audiences on their toes until the final curtain has been raised and the wizard revealed.  Thankfully, this one delivers enough sex and violence to keep it from sinking into the depths of VOD doom.

Co-starring Naina Michaud, Nicholas Turturro, Sara Stretton, John Colton, and Lili Bordán, Escape: Puzzle of Fear premieres on DVD and On Demand August 18 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Solve the puzzle or die!

3/5 stars

Escape: Puzzle of Fear

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Escape: Puzzle of Fear

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
94 mins
Director
: J. Jones
Writer:
Lizze Gordon
Cast:
Tommy Nash, Aubrey Reynolds, Omar Gooding
Genre
: Thriller
Tagline:
Solve it or Die.
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Distributor:
Uncork'd Entertainment
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Release Date:
August 18, 2020
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 20, 2019.
Synopsis: Hot-shot Hollywood agent Matthew Blake has a dark past. He thinks that he is on his way to a double date with his oldest friend to a new Escape Room in Los Angeles. When the couples are locked into the Escape Room, Matthew quickly finds himself at the center of a revenge plot meant to right the wrongs of his past, with deadly results.

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