14 December 2016


Room 2015
  • Director: Lenny Abrahamson
  • Based on book by Emma Donaghue
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridges, Joan Allen, William H. Macy
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Brie Larson – Scott Pilgrim vs the World
    • Jacob Tremblay – Nothing yet but I expect to see more of him
    • Joan Allen – The Bourne Legacy, Pleasantville, FaceOff, The Ice Storm, In Country, Peggy Sue Got Married
    • William H. Macy – Cake, The Lincoln Lawyer, Bobby, The Cooler, State and Main, Happy Texas, Pleasantville, Boogie Nights, Fargo, The Client, Benny and Joon
  • Why? Curious, having read the book
  • Seen: 3 December 2016      

       Jack is five years old today. Ma says they’re going to make a birthday cake. Perfectly ordinary. Except that Ma and Jack are confined to a single room and are dependent on Old Nick for everything.
       Ma does her best to make life seem normal for Jack, and for him it is because he knows nothing else. He tries to make sense of what’s real (everything in Room) and what’s pretend (everything outside Room).
       Old Nick comes and goes. He demands gratitude for everything he brings them. He’s violent. He punishes them for disobeying him by cutting off the electricity.
       Ma tries to explain the world outside to Jack. ‘We can’t go on living like this, and I need your help,’ she says. She explains how she was kidnapped by Old Nick and imprisoned in his garden shed. She’s been there for seven years. She has a plan for escape.
       It’s very low-key and evenly paced. It’s an insane kidnap and rescue story, and the psychological effects on the victims are realistically and unsentimentally portrayed. It goes on too long but it’s a good adaption of the book. The acting is superb, especially by the boy Jacob Tremblay. It misses full scores because it’s more interesting than gripping.

4 * of 5   

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