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Play or Die (2019)

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Welcome to Paranoia, the ultimate escape game. Rule #1: Nothing is real. Rule #2: One of you will die. Lucas and Chloe, two passionate gamers, decide to participate to Paranoia, a very ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Charley Palmer Rothwell ... Lucas
Roxane Mesquida ... Chloé
Marie Zabukovec ... Naomi
Thomas Mustin ... Jablowski
Daphné Huynh ... Maxine
Hippolyte de Poucques Hippolyte de Poucques ... Ray
Caroline Donnelly Caroline Donnelly ... Lucas' Mother
Koah Edwards Koah Edwards ... Lucas - Child
Igor van Dessel Igor van Dessel ... Lucas - Teenager
Helena Chambon ... Nurse
Laetitia Chambon ... Nurse
Alizée Gaie ... Customer (as Alizée Gay)
Priscilla Adade Priscilla Adade ... Policewoman
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Welcome to Paranoia, the ultimate escape game. Rule #1: Nothing is real. Rule #2: One of you will die. Lucas and Chloe, two passionate gamers, decide to participate to Paranoia, a very exclusive escape game. After solving a first riddle, they make it to the location of the finale in an abandoned mental hospital, lost in a frightening forest. There, four other participants are waiting on them. They soon realize that only one of them will get out of there alive. Based on the best selling novel "Puzzle" by Franck Thilliez, with more than 330'000 copies sold: "Hellish settings, characters manipulated like puppets, all the key ingredients to great suspense. All the pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly". Written by Boburst Productions

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2019 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Kaçış Oyunu See more »

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$151,381
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A more serious and dark approach to the Escape room genre
3 July 2019 | by eve_dollukSee all my reviews

Well its an escape room film, probably the 4th in around a year or so. So far most have been silly and cheesy but mildly entertaining.

This however is a different approach to the genre.

The mood is dark and serious and has a more European approach to it. This isn't a bad thing in theory.

So why only a 5 ??? well quite simply its a hot mess. Overall I think the idea and story is a good one but the approach was lacking.

There are some obvious budget restraints that show but they can be forgiven. The real problem is with the execution, the games while serve as a purpose for something more sinister try to be complex and thoughtful but come across as inane and coincidental while also lacking any tension.

The whole thing plays out as a set up for the grand finale, this becomes noticable early on and I found very jarring. The result was all I wanted was the twist to arrive which unfortunately wasnt a great surprise as the hints were not very subtle and more thrown in your face within some terrible and inane exposition.

This was a shame as the film had a great dark feel to it and it really should have been a bit more cute and clever in how it approached its build up and slow reveal.

Production and acting can't be faulted, the effects at times were lacking but while not great also not awful and I think most were real effects and not poor CGI.

There is also many many plot holes and unexplained things ( probably due to them being unexplainable ) A case of artistic licence being pushed too hard.

I can respect the effort and thought the lead actor did a really good job, although he is not so well known he is actually quite experienced within British film and TV.

The rest of the supporting cast were ok.

My score is middling for a nice but broken attempt at a dark psychological thriller.

5/10


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