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Nerve

Updated on August 17, 2016
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Steven Escareno is an amateur film critic that writes about movies in his spare time.

Stevennix2001's Rating:

6 / 10

Pros:

  • Acting was good
  • Premise was interesting, and it has some good social commentary on how our society is becoming obsessed with social media these days.
  • Action scenes are well choreographed
  • The first two acts of the movie were good
  • Decent script. Lousy ending, but it was engaging for the most part.
  • Editing was decent, as the film flowed at a nice pace
  • Cinematography was good

Cons:

  • The third act of "Nerve" felt contrived, as most of it relied on plot conveniences and lazy writing.
  • Not very realistic in it's execution, as I doubt the NSA would've allowed this game to even exist in real life. However, I said the same thing about the IRS getting hacked, so I could be wrong on that one.
  • Poor direction

I"m sure both of them are chanting repeatedly in their minds, "Just think unsexy thoughts."
I"m sure both of them are chanting repeatedly in their minds, "Just think unsexy thoughts."

Dare me sucka!

A young girl gets pressured into playing an online game app that she downloads onto her phone. The game is called "Nerve", where the basic idea of it is that it's a "truth or dare" game; minus the "truth" part.

The game gives each person the option of becoming either a watcher or a participant. If you chose to be a watcher, then you can only watch what other participants do, while paying a small fee. Participants are given a series of dares that are made up by an anonymous community of "watchers", where participants can either chose to accept or decline. If they agree to said dare, then they'll be rewarded large sums of money upon completing it. Since the "Nerve" game reads the user's personal information upon being downloaded, it automatically sends any funds directly into the user's bank account, with no questions asked.

If the user fails to complete a dare, after accepting it, then they'll automatically lose the contest. The dares continue until somebody wins the game, and the only way to win the game is to gain the most subscribers to their channel.

These dares can range anywhere from being told to kiss a random stranger in public to even walking over a ladder that's hanging in the air connecting two buildings. Hell, one guy even gets dared to lay down in the middle of a railroad track, while positioning himself to be just low enough to where he doesn't die.

There doesn't seem to be that many rules to this game; apart from the fact that you're not allowed to snitch to anyone about it. If anyone does snitch about it, then they become prisoners of the game itself. Since the game has access to the user's bank accounts and personal information, it steals their identity and resources. It screws over their lives, and anyone that's close to them, to where they become a prisoner to the game itself. Once this happens, you're only way out of it is either through death, or beating the game. And since the game is comprised of millions of users, with no direct source, it's next to impossible to find out who the moderators of the game are.

Needless to say, our heroine decides to snitch, and she too becomes a prisoner of the game, which puts her entire family at risk. Now, her only option left is to either win the game, or die trying.

While the premise itself is not realistic, I will say that the movie's overall theme and concept is quite interesting. In a strange way, "Nerve" seems like a social commentary for how caught up our young generation tends to get with social media. Often valuing the concept of posting on their instagrams, snapchats, twitter, facebook and etc so much that sometimes they don't realize things going on around them, or bother to see how it can hinder them later on.

While the concept is interesting to think about, it's executed rather poorly in this film. For starters. With the NSA being around these days, I seriously doubt a program like this would exist in the United States. But then again, I didn't think the IRS could ever get hacked, so I could be wrong about that. However, it just seems highly unlikely given the current circumstances.

Another problem I had with this movie was the lack of direction. Without giving away too much, there's some characters who you think you know who they are, but later turn out to be completely not who you expect them to be. Like one character you think is a bad person throughout the entire film turns out to be good. Granted, I don't mind having plot twists in movies, but this little twist comes completely out of left field. It's almost like the writers didn't know how to end their movie, so they just gave us a half a** ending.

Having said all of that, I'm not going to say "Nerve" is a bad movie, as it's enjoyable to watch. The acting was pretty good, and for the most part, I was heavily engaged into the story.

But as I alluded to before, the movie tends to fall apart around the third act of the story because of contrived plot conveniences, and lazy writing.

However, if you're just looking for a halfway decent popcorn film to see on a Friday night on Netflix, then "Nerve" might be worth checking out. Granted, it's not the best movie out there, but it's enjoyable for the most part. Just don't expect too much out of it, and you'll be fine.


© 2016 Steven Escareno

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