Nerve

(2016)

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Title:
Nerve
Release Date:
27th July 2016
Runtime:
96 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genres:
Directors:
Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Writers:
Jeanne Ryan, Jessica Sharzer
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 56%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 77%
IMDb Rating 7.2

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by julythe3rd 29th July, 2016

Predictable like most movies, but it's worth a watch

I miss movies that have real twists. But this was a great movie nonetheless, it had your average tropes. (Good is Boring, unrequited love, dead family member, hot mystery guy, evil internet, sad rich party girl, blah blah blah). But even so, if you want to watch a new take on something old, go or it! I'm not mad that I watched this movie despite the average acting and predictability. It had great funny moments as well, I liked the part where they had to run through the store. I also enjoyed the fact that it had some truth in it. When people think they are anon, they do things they normally wouldn't do. Do I think crowd mentality would agree to kill someone? Actually, that's not far off either. Honestly, though watch the movie! It's a fun watch.

Reviewed by geraldohanna 29th July, 2016

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco play an updated version of

Simon Says (or Simple Simon Says) is a child's game issuing simple instructions. Harmless and fun at first, but as the game progresses one player might dare you to do the unthinkable and of course the choice would be up to you to accept or decline it. Life was simple then when we had games like this or board games children enjoyed wanting to play. Now in this day and age technology is our newest friend. This and much more are the overall themes behind "Nerve." High school senior Venus Delmonico "Vee" feels withdrawn and cautious about her choices in life. It doesn't help that she got accepted to go to CalArts but after the unexpected death of her older brother she has become her mother's (Juliette Lewis, offering little to the story) top priority, afraid of her venturing out. Once dared by her best friend Sydney (Emily Meade of "Money Monster") to try Nerve: an online reality video game of objective-focused "truth or dare" where people either enlist online as "players" or pay to watch as "watchers". Vee along with fellow player Ian (Dave Franco of "Now You See Me 2"), are caught into deadly objectives, with their identity taken and victory being the escape. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman ("Catfish") "Nerve" paints a picture of the world we live in now, from the film's opening montage showing Vee's daily schedule from "Spotify to Facebook", Joost and Schulman raise questions on Privacy concerns, Illegal downloading, Unnecessary apps and more. But sadly that's all it manages to achieve; questions we are ourselves already have answers to or want answers to. Especially during the third act where the hidden agenda is revealed. Screenwriter Jessica Sharzer ("American Horror Story", adapting from a novel written by Jeanne Ryan) weaves together an interesting story with two likable leads. The chemistry between Roberts and Franco really carry the movie for its runtime, as Roberts fragile and cautious nature sub comes to Franco's alluring and charismatic appeal. Cinematographer Michael Simmonds illuminates the city with vibrant and lush neon lights taking a chapter from "The Neon Demon". A scene in particular in which Vee has to help be Ian's eyes as he drives at 60 Mbps blindfolded is frightening and yet beautiful thanks in addition to music by Rob Simonsen. "Nerve" might not be the best example of how the technology we use influences our daily lives, but it certainly will entertain with each dare.

Reviewed by HoNewWay 29th July, 2016

Great beginning, good acting performances but ending fails to deliver

Emma Roberts and Dave Franco performances were enjoyable and fun. This movie definitely started out great and has a lot of potential. An introvert has had enough of her extrovert best friend being the centre of attention as well as calling her out for her personality; decides to prove to her peers that she can be badass. The game Nerve is quite unique and if used correctly, could be a set up to something greater than what the movie perceives. Here comes the spoilers; everything went great until Venus decides to snitch out after learning that Ian was dared to set her to fight with Sydney. In my personal opinion, it's a rather weak reason because she barely knew Ian and after just showing up her BF, Syd, it's hard to believe she'll snitch. I rather the movie takes a darker turn whereas a death or serious injury from Sydney makes Venus snitch therefore it's more possible as well as empathize their friendship. Sydney and Mad Max has a weird connection; do they know each other??? Their interaction was weird in the movie. Venus' mom was poorly used in the movie, she just accepts everything in the end. Here is my main problem with the movie, Nerve, what are the rules!? I know it's all dare but up until two instances (guy trying to grab an officer's gun and final: Venus and Ian stand off) the dare hasn't been any criminal or physical assault acts. Sure, some dares are life threatening as well as boardline illegal but not quite criminal. So what I'm trying to say is that Nerve is inconsistent therefore ruining it's potential for greatness. Lastly is the ending. Yep, just a bunch of hackers able to break down Nerve; simple as that. And we never know who created or controls Nerve. My personal rating is 5.5 to 6.2 out of 10

Reviewed by allstarrunner 27th July, 2016

Surprisingly Solid movie with a good message

This movie comes at the perfect time with the craze of Pokemon Go; a time when you literally see millions of people obsessed with an app - where you can find videos of hordes of people in NYC all running after a particular Pokemon. This is essentially the premise of the movie: a new app (game) comes out that takes teens in a particular city by storm, except the consequences can be much graver. As to not give anything away, I try to be brief: The acting was great; the pacing was great, the color pallet and tone of the movie were all top notch. That being said, the plot - as it developed - felt "obvious", I wasn't surprised by anything and I wasn't ever emotionally "moved." The movie knows what it is, and it does it pretty well - it's a teen thriller. What the movie explores is far more important: the way people interact with each other when they are hidden behind a wall of anonymity. The movie has a good message. The BOTTOM LINE: I rate movies on whether it is worth spending the $$$ to see at a theater, in my opinion this one is worth seeing at a matinee showing ($5), but probably not dolling out $12 - $15. I hope that helps.

Reviewed by darkreignn 26th July, 2016

Completely blew me away - the most fun I've had at the theatre so far this year

Starring the amazing and very pretty Emma Roberts, and the always charismatic Dave Franco, "Nerve" is a new thriller about a high school senior named Venus (Emma) who joins an online community, called Nerve, of adrenaline-junkies where anonymous watchers can dare players to do, well, whatever they want to see someone do. From start to finish, this film is a non-stop white-knuckle thrill ride that is exciting, intense, romantic, and most importantly, a lot of fun. Trust me, you will have a smile on your face the entire runtime of this movie, and you'll also be on the edge of your seat. Now, I'm going to be honest, maybe my low expectations made this movie better to me than it really is, but I can't help that I had an absolute blast watching this film. One thing that was great about this movie was that the dares were realistic, and didn't feel ridiculous. All of the things that Venus is dared to do are things that you know actually could happen in real life. The dares range from her getting a tattoo, to her having to go 60 miles per hour on a motorcycle while the driver, Ian (Dave Franco), is blindfolded, and while the dares get more and more intense as the film goes on, nothing felt overly unbelievable or too exaggerated just for the sake of putting it in the film. And watching Venus and Ian complete their dares and gain money was so much fun to watch. Their chemistry was fantastic, and I bought their friendship throughout the film. What can I say? They made a cute on-screen couple. It was also satisfying to see Venus go from a shy and timid girl to an adrenaline junky, but hey, I'd do the same thing if someone was offering me thousands of dollars. The world building in this film was very believable as well. The game of Nerve felt like a phenomenon, and it actually felt like something that could happen in real life. There were shots of the city that showed the different usernames of all of the different people who were logged into the game, and this was an effective way of conveying just how popular Nerve was in the films universe. The color palette was also hypnotizing. Bright, vibrant, neon reds, blues, and purples are a feast for the eyes, and the soundtrack, which is comprised of light techno music, accompanies and mixes with the colors very well and fits the overall tone of the film. "Nerve" is a fantastically fun and incredibly intense movie that has great chemistry between Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, great visuals to go with an awesome soundtrack, and cool action sequences in the form of the dares that the characters have to complete. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who just wants to spend an hour and a half gripping their seat with a smile on their face.