I wanted to see this film because of its truly intriguing premise, though I did expect it to be a poorly made film. While I did think that the marketing showed too much, I thought that the film was quite enjoyable and actually surprisingly well-done.
The writing of the film is slightly reminiscent of elements of George Orwell's "1984", such as Big Brother. Still, it manages to remain pretty fresh. The plot, much to my surprise, was far from predictable, apart from the fact that I knew most of the film's major from its trailers. It also has a lot of great commentary on social media and our reliance on technology. The film had a good balance of thrills, romance, and comedy, keeping the film interesting, and rightfully so, as the premise should provide for moments of all three. The characters are also well-developed, with the backstory of the characters being told more naturally than expected for a film of this genre.
The acting is good, but I obviously can't say that Roberts was completely believable, as there was always a sense of disbelief in that she is now too old to play a high schooler. Otherwise, she and Franco both showed believable emotion. There are also a few good supporting performances, such as Colson Baker and Miles Heizer, but everyone else was rather average.
The cinematography of the film was also really surprising. There were some really cool shots, including shots through what is supposed to be a phone screen, that add to the sense of technological menace that the film provides. The soundtrack wasn't my favorite, but it does set the mood for the film well.
So overall, I really enjoyed "Nerve". I was surprised by how thoughtful the film was and how well-developed the characters were. I wish that the marketing would have shown less, but that didn't really affect my enjoyment of the film.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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