Next level of Saw right here! It's to be expected, but it's really quite the journey.
Props Adam Robitel on setting the scene, and props Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll and Nik Dodani on really making their way through the maze too. Well, the few of them that actually make it that far. I won't spoil it.
The premise is simple: six people are trapped in what they at first think is a game, but soon turns out to be so much more than that, but the levels make it all the more complex. Turns out they all have something in common, and as they traverse their trials they come closer and closer to resolution... only to end up right back where they started. In a game to the death. That's how it always goes with movies like this after all!
There's nothing to complain about except for maybe the predictability with the ending. The effects are good. The props are good. The desperation's there. The sacrifice and shock: it's got everything it needs, along with both varied and somewhat creative stages for each of the levels of escape. It's a thriller all the way, and those hallucinogenic effects were pretty cool too.
You gotta wonder if Stallone's recent Escape franchise might've inspired this too... not that it's really the same thing, but it seems like it all comes together. That and the Maze movies. It's trending, and I wouldn't mind a few more either. It's a working premise.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle