Sometimes a movie comes out that has such an original premise that you may think: ‘Why didn’t they think of this before?‘
In the case of Nerve it’s quite simple. The movie is a hyper-modern take on our society and social media. Gone are the bulky, age-old computers. Instead you have flatscreens, i-pads, tablets, smartphones, game consoles and so forth. It’s *not* a movie that could’ve been made, say, ten years ago.
Nerve is as original as it’s realistic.
It’s about an online game where any person can participate in a series of challenges, easy at first but harder as you develop, watched by millions of people all over the world. The further you go in the game, the more watchers online you get – thus the more money you reign in.
These challenges can go from something as easy as kissing a stranger for five minutes to something as insane as — well, I wouldn’t wanna spoil anything …
What makes this movie so very good is the fact that it isn’t nervous at all.
It’s beautifully choreographed in:
* colors (neon lights all over the city are wondrous)
* directing (the constant switching between standard film cameras, people taping with their recorders and the in-your-face selfie camera shots are never annoying)
* and music (modern up-beat music that makes you wanna stand up and dance around like being in a cool discotheque).
The mix of all these things makes for one of the most original, most entertaining and most – at times – thrilling Hollywood movie of 2016.
It’s quite amazing how the music isn’t disturbing, because it’s always there. It’s even more appealing how the switching of camera shots never become a bore. Even the flashy colors in your face never give you a headache.
Kudos to the filmmakers for making such a spunky and vibrant movie. It really stands out!
Perhaps the most remarkable triumph of the filmmakers is how you forget that you’re watching a movie. Everything is filmed with such realism it’s like you’re watching a reality TV-show about some kids doing stupid stunts on the streets, or something. With every new dare (or fail/bail by those who are kicked out of the game) you become more entangled into the game, craving to know what happens next.
From that go-point, the filmmakers have really succeeded in dragging you into an alternate reality. One where you care for the main characters in the story, especially when their lives are at stake.
One downside of Nerve could be that it mainly targets a young audience. Or at least an audience that knows its way around the cinema. This isn’t one of those movies you would recommend to your parents or anyone who only ventures in the cinema twice a year. This is one for the movie buffs and teenage population.
Speaking of teenagers (though slightly older perhaps), the main role is beautifully played by upcoming actress Emma Roberts (yes, daughter of Eric and niece of Julia Roberts) whom you might remember best from her crappy contribution in the even crappier Scream 4 (you know, the one sequel no one was waiting for as the trilogy rounded everything up) and her truly inspiring feat in the very funny weird family comedy We’re the Millers.
Also present is actor Dave Franco (yes, he too is connected in Hollywood! He’s the younger brother of James Franco) who has the sort of face that makes you go like: ‘Wait … didn’t I see this guy before in something?‘ You might remember him, though quite unlikely, from his mediocre performance in the pretty good spyish movie Now You See Me 2.
Overall, this is an actor who’s in dire need of a good movie … and he might just have gotten it with Nerve.
The rest of the case are a bunch of young kids that fill out their performances quite well, but don’t expect any young Leonardo DiCaprio‘s in the making. But that’s alright. This isn’t that kind of a movie where you go looking for anything Oscar-worthy. This is just a hang-out, laid-back, dunno-don’t care movie about teenagers being drawn into a mystifying game of dangerous online missions.
In a way this movie takes a bit after The game but also reminds a little of Sandra Bullock‘s The net. And most surprising of all: Nerve looks cheap and silly, but it may just as well roam in the same quality category as those two. It’s actually that good.
Now … the only question that remains is: Are you a watcher or not?
did you know?
Filmmaker and YouTube personality Casey Neistat will have a cameo in this film. (who’s Casey Neistat? Watch this … )
Give it to me straight:
Nerve is one of the most original and entertaining movies to come out in 2016.
It’s not about the acting performances or even the story, it’s all about the thrills and chills of watching a bunch of silly teenagers go nuts over some groundbreaking online game.
From the get-go, you actually care about the main characters and that’s absolutely vital. Because it’s these characters that will take part in an online game called Nerve (hence the title of the movie) and face challenges that vary from plain embarrassing to crazy-dangerous.
As the story progresses, so does the complexity of the online missions the players get. And that’s when the fear kicks in. Where do you draw the line with this game? When is enough enough? And most importantly: if this movie is full of teenagers … how come no one has to study anymore??
In the end, Nerve is a really good movie because the filmmakers create a fun atmosphere that’s easy to watch. The music is soothing, the directing is aspiring and the many neon colors in the movie make this little movie shine out between all the billion dollar blockbusters of the past few years.
If you’re a regular movie watcher or a spunky teenybopper – this is a mind trip you do NOT wanna miss!!