Friday, October 14, 2016

Nerve (2016)

Director(s): Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman. Cast: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Juliette Lewis. 96 min. Rated PG-13. USA/Hong Kong. Crime/Thriller.

I remember the 1995 Sandra Bullock movie, The Net, making baffling claims about the Internet's power and reach, but already expiring by the time of its release (the lack of imagination in the movie's title shows). In Nerve, astonishingly coinciding with Pokemon Go, the Catfish directors refine their ideas, picturing a society obsessed with reality-based video-games, to a (very believable) point of provoking another player's murder. While the story's ending resolution is hard to stomach, and I predict the movie will fall behind the real world by next year, the warning it provides makes it worthwhile. At least for 2016.

PS: Thanks for the recommendation, Mohi. Emma Roberts usually has me running.

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