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Room 2015

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Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.

Starring:
Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy
Runtime:
1 hour, 57 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Lenny Abrahamson
Starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Jacob Tremblay
Supporting actors Sean Bridgers
Studio A24
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By M. Oleson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 19, 2016
Format: Blu-ray
Theatrical review. Possible spoilers. This sometimes difficult to watch, or even contemplate, film is thankfully handled with great delicacy by director Lenny Abrahamson. So don’t be afraid to search it out even after it disappears from the few theaters where it is currently showing. It will be on video soon. If you watch a fair share of movies and have been paying attention in recent years, you may have noticed Brie Larson in smaller but terrific roles (“The Spectacular Now, The Gambler, Digging for Fire, Trainwreck”) and perhaps as the lead in a small film called “Short Term 12.” I expect she will get her due now for her magnificent performance as “Ma.”

It is now 7 years after teenager, Joy Newsome (Larson) disappeared from her home in Ohio. The film opens as she and her now 5 year old son, Jack (a gifted Jacob Tremblay), celebrate his birthday imprisoned in a 15’ x 15’ shed. Captured by “Old Nick” (Sean Bridgers), Ma/Joy is routinely raped by the bastard which ultimately produces Jack. And for the record, Abrahamson keeps the scenes off camera. In return for her cooperation, Nick feeds the mother and son and provides the shelter. But they never leave. Their only view of the outside world comes in the form of a skylight.

Ma decides that since Jack is now a big boy, she must teach him the realities of the outside world. Until this point, she has made a game of things, keeping it simple for a young child. To Jack the pictures that come from a crappy TV aren’t real. They are just pictures. Jack has no concept of reality. In a terrific scene, we see Ma trying to teach Jack how a wall works. That is, there are things on one side of a wall and different things on the other side.
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1. This movie is called "Room", not "The Room". Those two things are not the same in this movie, and it's important that you know the difference.

2. It starts with a young boy named Jack, celebrating his 5th birthday with his mom. We learn that he has spent his entire life in one room, and has never left it. He only believes in what he sees: spiders and mice are real, but squirrels and trees and oceans are not. People on TV are "flat and made of colors".

3. About 30 minutes into the movie, you learn why Jack lives in one room. It wasn't the reason I expected.

4. The movie almost made me cry, and it was only half over.

5. The rug scene will stick with me for a long time.

6. The movie is told from Jack's perspective, which includes low camera shots. It's really interesting to watch.

7. Brie Larson (who was one of the best parts of "Short Term 12") gives a great performance in this movie. Jacob Tremblay does so well as Jack that it's easy to forget he's acting - he could really be that kid.

8. The movie was directed by Lenny Abrahamson. If you've seen any of his other movies, it was probably Frank, about the band singer that wears a fake head.

9. This movie could easily have turned into a TV-Movie-Of-The-Week, stuffed with artificial sweeteners. But it never does. This is an emotionally authentic, intellectually engaging story that may scare you, excite you, or break your heart. Or all three.
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What’s it about?

Based on Emma Donoghue’s best-selling book, this is the story of a Joseph Fritzl-style kidnapping, with a 24-year-old (Brie Larson) trapped inside a pervert’s shed with the five-year-old son she conceived with her captor. We learn about the world of Room through a child’s eyes and follow them as they escape.

What did I think?

Donoghue’s book is an absolute gem (should have won the Booker in my not so humble opinion) and, thanks to her scripting of the film, this is a gem too. Jacob Tremblay is a dream as the adorable Jack, whose bond with the only person in his whole world, Ma, is palpable. Ambitiously covering a period beyond the book, this beautifully understated film (minus any Hollywood hyperbole and dramatic BS) nails it. Take some tissues and enjoy the ride as Jack and his Ma encounter the real world, with all the confusion and heartbreak that entails.
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First half was very hard to watch. You knew what was going on with the Ma and Jack within the first 5 minutes into the film so you just want them to be able to get out. I have to admit I skip frames here and there on the first half quit a bit. I couldn't watch. The second half was believable in terms of story and how everything plays out (I just wish there was more). The acting between Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay (Ma and Jack) as mother and son was great and so realistic. I am so amaze by the acting of the little boy, Jacob Tremblay, who plays Jack. So innocent, so heartwarming, and so very much like what a 5 year old would do and say! Brie Larson who plays the adult who lives in a nightmare situation but endures and puts on her best face because of her love for her son. Great acting, great story and very moving. The film leaves you happy and hopeful...maybe somewhat teary but seriously this is a movie that is worth watching.
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