• Andrew Tuck


Courtesy: Roadshow Films

The Plot:

Industrious high school senior Vee Delmonico is tired of living life on the sidelines. Pressured by her friends, Vee decides to join Nerve, a popular online game that challenges players to accept a series of dares. It's not long before the adrenaline-fueled competition requires her to perform increasingly dangerous stunts. When Nerve begins to take a sinister turn, Vee finds herself in a high-stakes finale that will ultimately determine her entire future.

Courtesy: Roadshow Films

The Verdict:

When I saw the trailer for this movie I became very keen to see it. But in reality, I was a little let down.

The movie takes place in the not to distance future of 2021 and uses a lot of technology we have today, with the exception of the odd unrealistic touch screen MacBook and finger print recognition on your phones screen. This movie is something that could actually be a reality someday.

Nerve is like a modern day version of Tron, once you start playing the game you become enslaved to the game and only way to leave is if you bail or fail. Unsurprisingly both options takes all your money and whatever you do, don't tell the cops cause no one likes a snitch. Win the game and you win everything, fame and money!

Many of the challengers, set by watchers, are things that happen already in today's world. From trying clothes on, jumping across train platforms, hanging from building cranes that tower over cities to all things we see on YouTube today.

So what's the movie about? Sadly enough, not much. A love story between the two many characters (Emma Roberts and Dave Franco). A story about stepping outside of your comfort zone to experience life. And a cleverly constructed story about our online world. Hiding much of what we say and do as 'watchers' of the world, behind a username with seemingly little responsibility and much less accountability about what we say about and to others online.

Now that this movie has come out should we except to see something like Nerve in the real world? Could this movie open up the conversation about the awareness of online bullying?

Unfortunately as thrilling and exciting as the movie is, I found it somewhat boring and generic.


3 out of 5 Choc Tops


Emma Roberts, Dave Franco

Directed by:

Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost

#2016 #RoadshowFilms #Mystery #Crime

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