Movie Review: Escape the Field (2022)

Synopsis: Six strangers wake up in a cornfield with no memory of how they got there and one item each, ranging from a compass to a gun with one bullet. As they try to work together despite not fully trusting each other, they discover their lives are in danger.

Who's in it? The movie stars Jordan Claire Robbins, Shane West, Theo Rossi, Elena Juatco and Julian Feder.

Review: I came across this movie a few days ago and, even though it sounded similar to another movie I've watched, decided to give it a try yesterday evening. While the movie proved to be better than expected, I did think it fell short of how good it could have been.

One thing I liked about this film was the mystery surrounding the strangers and why they were in the field. In addition to having no memory about being kidnapped and no knowledge of who did it, none of the six knew each other. This added an additional element because any of them could have secretly been a bad guy.

The fact the characters themselves realized this also added a little something to the movie because that mistrust created a nice wildcard element. Even if they weren't bad guys, that fear and mistrust could lead to one of them doing something to hurt the group.

I also liked the hidden clues inside the cornfield and how their various tools had second purposes. I thought this created additional suspense because it was unclear whether those clues were leading them to safety or into danger.

My biggest problem with this movie is the ending. This film either decided not to try to explain anything at all or is counting on a sequel to provide that explanation. Either way, I felt a bit cheated and wished the movie would have at least made a little effort to clarify a few things.

Final Opinion: It is a movie with a lot of promise but, in the end, it was a bit like reading a mystery novel and discovering the last chapter is missing.

My Grade: C


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