Room [DVD + Digital]
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Critics are raving about this ''must see'' drama which tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited five-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. However, they are trapped in a windowless, 11-by-11-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named ''Room.'' As Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.
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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. Ma has her work cut out for her, but believes Jack is now old enough to create a ruse on “Old Nick” that will allow Jack to escape. It is a tense section of the film and one that lifts it from its unsavory premise.
Once freed, Jack as you would expect, has a difficult time. He’s shy. He doesn’t even know how to go up and down stairs. But he’s a kid. He learns quickly, makes a new friend both human and canine. Joy’s mother, Nancy (Joan Allen) and her newish husband, Doug (Matt Gordon) do their best to acclimate Jack and Joy back into the world. But as we see Jack slowly adapt, we see Joy’s mental condition deteriorate. Again Ms. Larson transforms Ma from a loving and protective mother, to a young woman succumbing to the mental anguish that has fermented for 7 years. It is truly a remarkable performance.
You have to be impressed with the direction of Abrahamson and the script by Emma Donoghue from her own novel. The subject matter is tricky but it is handled wonderfully. In the end you’ll be wiping away tears, but with a smile on your face. Highly recommended.
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.