Review: Nerve (Movie)
Released by Lionsgate on 22 September 2016
Length: 1h 36m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Kimiko Glenn, Marc John Jefferies, Samira Wiley
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."
Back in 2013, I read a book called Nerve. While I enjoyed the story and the concept, I didn’t really enjoy the book in general and so I only gave it three stars. A few months ago, I found out Nerve was becoming a movie, starring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts. Around that time, my celeb crush on Dave was starting, so I decided I was going to see this movie when it came out.
Nerve tells the story of Venus “Vee” Delmonica, who on a whim decides to participate in a game called Nerve, a sort of ‘truth or dare’ game, minus the truth. Her first assignment throws her in the path of Ian, another participant of the game, and together they spend a night fulfilling assignments. But then, they find out that Nerve isn’t at all just an innocent game.
Like I said, I enjoyed the concept of Nerve, but I just didn’t really enjoy the way the book was written. So I wasn’t too sure if I was going to enjoy the movie at all. That was until I heard all the amazing reviews from people in America, who’d already seen the movie, and I got more and more excited.
I don’t remember much of the original story, so I can’t comment on whether it was true to the book (though I don’t think it was). But I can say that I thought this movie was thrilling, exciting, and – I’m going to say it – NERVE-wrecking. What I still don’t really get is why they made it seem as if the entire story happened in one night, while I believe the original story took place in a couple of days – or weeks even.
The casting was done really well, in my opinion. I liked Dave, of course, and I even liked Emma (hadn’t seen much of what she’s in so I wasn’t sure if I liked her or not so yeah). Other than that, I didn’t know any of the other actors, but that is okay.
The last thing I wanted to talk about is the special effects they had in this movie. I loved it. It really made me feel like Nerve was just watching the players through their phones and laptops and it honestly fit perfectly into the story.
So yes, Nerve was an amazing movie, and I will definitely go and see it again! I recommend this to people who loved the book, who loved the book Panic by Lauren Oliver. I recommend this to people who love thrilling stories that will literally make you sit on the edge of your seat. Just go and see this movie, okay?!
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