Escape Room (2019) 51% For decades, Hollywood has tapped into the zeitgeist for inspiration to come up with new and inventive ways to scare the pants off audiences, and if there s any modern phenomenon absolutely ripe for the horror flick treatment, it s the rising popularity of escape rooms. Enter the aptly titled Escape Room, which brings together six strangers from varying backgrounds to navigate a series of increasingly deadly themed rooms designed to test their mettle or maybe there s a more sinister ulterior motive to the proceedings. That s what the film asks viewers to ponder, anyway, as each character faces the prospect of a violent death by way of clever traps. Critics say Escape Room features some amusing set pieces and effective tension, but its twists are contrived and its death-trap mechanics feel like a derivative mish-mash of the Saw and Final Destination films. It s likely to satisfy anyone who buys into its set-up, but it may also feel like a puzzle you ve solved before.
When audiences discover The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, they will be introduced to a very different sort of superhero family. As actor Aidan Gallagher, who plays the time-lost Number Five, put it when Rotten Tomatoes spoke with the cast, “[The characters] are not seen at great heights.” Instead, the series focuses on the group, formerly a teen superhero team with fantastic abilities, at “rock bottom a lot of times.”As in the graphic novel series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba upon which the show is based, the characters face the legacy of a choice made by their adoptive father Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore). In the series backstory, a number of children were born at the same time on the same day despite the fact their mothers — themselves not connected in any way — had not been pregnant when the day began. Already a famous adventurer, Hargreeves tries to adopt these special children, and succeeds at collecting several of them. He surmised that they would have extraordinary abilities and prove instrumental in saving the world.