MPAA Rating: R
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen
Runtime: 1 hr 58 mins
What It Is: Joy (Larson) was abducted at age 17 by a man pretending to have lost his dog. Joy is trapped in a shed in his backyard. 2 years into her abduction she is impregnated by her captor. Now it is 5 years later and she and her son Jack (Tremblay) are stuck in “Room”. They live their lives one day at a time. They survive because the abductor whom Jack calls “Old Nick” gives them food, clothing and other essentials. Now that Jack is five he and his “ma” have a plan to escape Room.
What We Think: This film is a showstopper of a film with scene-stealing performances all around. Brie Larson continues to show that she is quite possibly the best young actress America has right now. Where most of the young actresses around are European or Australian this gal continues to kill it. Jacob Tremblay likewise is so damn good. He is the pulse of the film. Without him, this does not move. You are so emotional with whatever he is going through. Abrahamson does the source material justice for sure. He is not only sure-handed he is confident with what he interprets from the screenplay. Said screenplay was adapted by the novelist author Emma Donoghue.
Our Grade: A+, This might be my favorite film of the year. Not only is the screenplay tight, the acting is just great. Abrahamson had a movie in my top ten last year in Frank. Like that this shows the director’s talent for not suffocating his actors. It also shows he can lead great talent to its fullest potential. As if it were not obvious I am strongly, strongly recommending you see this film whenever you can.