ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Entertainment and Media»
  • Movies & Movie Reviews

Room

Updated on February 7, 2016
Stevennix2001 profile image

Steven Escareno is an amateur film critic that writes about movies in his spare time.

Room

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Writer: Emma Donoghue

Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, William H. Macy, Wendy Crewson, Sandy McMaster, Matt Gordon, Amanda Brugel, Joe Pingue, Joan Allen, Zarrin Darnell-Martin, Cas Anvar, Jee-Yun Lee, Randal Edwards, Justin Mader

Synopsis: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language

Stevennix2001's Rating:

10 / 10

Pros:

- Solid script chalked full of surprises and emotional heartache that'll leave you speechless.

- Direction was done well.

- The cinematography that captures the environment and the harsh reality the characters go through on a daily basis.

- Pacing was excellent.

- Brie Larson is excellent in her performance, as was her young co star, Jacob Tremblay.

- All the supporting actors were good.

Cons:

- Although the film might seem dry to some people, but if you're into great drama, then this is worth sitting through.

An interesting look at a film about survival and hope

Not to be confused with Tommy Wiseau's laughable cult piece, "The Room." This movie that shares an eerily similar title is done with more taste and class than you'd might expect. The story revolves around a young girl (played by Brie Larson), who gets kidnapped by an elderly pervert when she was still young. Locked up in a secluded sound proof room, where no one would ever find her.

Occasionally, the man would bring her food and supplies to survive in the room, while having his way with her sexually whenever it suited his tastes. After being raped by this man constantly, the young girl inevitably gives birth to a baby boy. But due to circumstances, both of them were never allowed to leave the room; hence she had to explain to her son why over time without putting his life in danger.

She goes on to explain to her newborn son, Jack (who's played surprisingly well by young actor, Jacob Tremblay), that the "room" is a planet all to itself. She explains that the reason they can't leave "room" is because everything that exists outside of it is outer space; hence they would die if they ever left. She even tells her son that all the images he's sees on TV are magical stories that come from other planets across the universe. Being so young, Jack buys this story quite easily growing up, as she even has him sleep in the closet, while the sex predator rapes her at night. Although the man is under no obligation to do what she asks, he agrees to stay away from her son, during their stay there.

But after his fifth birthday, she finally tells her son the harsh truth that everything he's ever been told was a lie. Naturally, this upsets the young man to the point of anger, but she begs her son to listen to her one last time, as she may have concocted a plan to get them both out of that situation. What follows from here is a emotional experience unlike anything you've might've seen before.

Granted, you might think that would be the end of the story, but it's not. If anything, that's only the beginning. For you see, the real story isn't about how these two survive during their capture, but really how they both adjust back into society after their escape. How does her family interpret all of this? How are they able to readjust back into society to live out their lives normally if they even can at all? While the mother struggles to deal with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), after dealing with such sexual abuse, Jack makes a startling discovery about life outside of the small world he once knew. "Room" is an epic story of survival that'll break your heart, while leaving you gasping for more.

While the film may fly under a lot of people's radar, it's definitely worth a look. Brie Larson gives a command performance as the mother, who struggles to cope with the situation at hand, as her Oscar nomination this year was definitely well deserved. As for Jacob Tremblay, I have to admit I was rather surprised this kid wasn't nominated for an Academy Award this year. Seriously, I haven't been this impressed by a child actor since Quvenzhané Wallis' mesmerizing performance in "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Sadly, he was snubbed out of a well deserved nomination. However, if this kid continues to delivering great performances like this throughout his acting career, then I'm sure he'll get other opportunities down the road. It's just a shame it won't be this year.

Although "Room" may not dominate headlines the same way other box office crap does with "Jurassic World" or "Minions", it offers something that most of those other films lack these days, which is substance and quality. "Room" is arguably one of the most captivating films that I've ever seen, as words alone can't due this film any justice for how emotionally potent it is to watch on the big screen.

© 2016 Steven Escareno

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)