The champions are back in a more sinister and terrifying game. Will they survive again this time?
After numerous delays, 'Escape Room' 2 finally gets a much favorable release date and an official title.
'Escape Room' was a massive success when it got released in 2019. The psychological horror-thriller amassed a total of $155 million worldwide revenue against a $9 million budget.
The first film ended with a suspenseful cliffhanger. So when the sequel got announced a month after the first film arrived, fans were ecstatic.
In a press conference in May 2021, the sequel's official title 'Escape Room: Tournament of Champions' was finally unveiled.
The sequel is slated to release very soon. So, let's dive deep and find out everything there is to know about 'Escape Room: Tournament of Champions.'
The 'Escape Room' sequel is finally coming to theaters on July 16, 2021.
The film got delayed for more than a year from its original schedule. It was supposed to release on April 17, 2020, then moved to January 1, 2021, then delayed further to January 7, 2022. Luckily, there was another reshuffle on the schedule, and the film now has a nearer release schedule. 'Escape Room: Tournament of Champions' is now set for a theatrical release on July 16, 2021.
It's been a while since we saw the 'Escape Room.' So let us start by reviewing where the events left off in the first film.
In the first installment, we found out the reason why the unlucky players were chosen for the deadly games. They were chosen because they were sole survivors of various incidents in the past, such as a plane crash, a carbon monoxide poisoning, a shipwreck, etc.
Towards the end of the film, Ben meets the Gamemaster, believing he's the sole survivor of the escape room. What the gamemaster revealed next made our blood run cold.
There is no $10,000 prize as advertised, and that the players were simply treated like animals in an expensive betting game for the rich.
The rich people are all watching as the players were subjected to different kinds of torture. When Ben managed to emerge from all the atrocities, the gamemaster tries to kill him to prevent the secret from getting out.
Luckily, Zoey appears just in time to save Ben, and the two killed the gamemaster. But things won't end there.
When Zoey brought the police to the building to investigate, they found out that it was already deserted with no more evidence to back up Zoey's claims.
Six months later, Zoey reunites with Ben again and shows him everything she's researched about Minos. They discovered that the deaths of the other players were calculatedly covered up as other accidents. The two agree to go to Minos' headquarters in New York City.
The next scene sees a plane crash simulation of the new escape room created by Minos. The new simulation only has a 4% chance of survival. A dark figure then orders that he wants the simulation ready for Zoey and Ben's flight.
Director Adam Robitel confirms that the sequel will pick up directly from the cliffhanging ending from the first film. The sequel will also reveal the true scale of these deadly games.
"What we're going to find out is that though we had an insular view in the first movie of just Zoey's story, what we're going to realize is that on any given day, there are multiple games happening all around the world," Robitel tells Cinemablend.
"Ben and Zoe are going to quickly realize that there are some other people in this movie, other characters who've also been through the games, and suddenly now it's sort of like a game of champions.
"They've all played the game before. It's sort of a meditation on trauma and how people deal with trauma. But also, what they've learned through their first trial by fire."
The official trailer, which you can see at the bottom of this article, is already released, giving us a peek at the deadly games that await Ben and Zoe.
In the trailer, the two find themselves aboard a deadly train against a few passengers. They later found out that they are no ordinary passengers. They were all champions from previous games. Plenty of deadly traps and simulations await them, but they are determined to beat the wicked gamemasters at their own games.
Survivors Zoey Davis (Taylor Russell) and Ben Miller (Logan Miller) are coming back for the sequel.
They will be joined by Isabelle Fuhrman as Claire, Thomas Cocquerel as Nathan, Holland Roden as Rachel, Carlito Olivero, and Indya Moore as Brianna.
Behind the camera, Adam Robitel will return as director, with the screenplay from Will Honley, Oren Uziel, Maria Melnik, and Daniel Tuch.
Yes, there is. Witness a new horror unfold as the survivors get to participate again in a series of deadly games that will put their sanity and physicality to the limits.
Check the official trailer below.