Hearing about Room, even knowing that it garnered big awards and nominations, doesn’t prepare you for the exhausting impact of Room. It’s a stirring, emotional ride. Both Brie Larson as Ma and Jacob Tremblay as 5 year old Jack deliver inspired performances.
In the first half of the film, we are in the room with Ma and Jack. We see Ma’s strength in keeping Jack a happy, healthy child. When Old Nick (Sean Bridgers), Ma’s kidnapper and rapist, comes into the room at night, Ma hides Jack in a wardrobe. Continue reading “Review: Room”
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Room is based on a best selling novel by Emma Donoghue. The film stars Brie Larson as Ma and Jacob Tremblay as Jack. Here’s the synopsis.
Room’ tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5 year old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named ‘Room.’ Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.
In the novel Jack is 5, but Jacob Tremblay is a bit older than that so his age may be upped for the film
The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Joan Allen and William H. Macy play the grandparents and Amanda Brugel plays Officer Parker. Sean Bridgers plays Old Nick, the man who visits the room every night after Jack is asleep.