Friday, 12 February 2016

#10 ROOM

Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, William H. Macy and Tom McCamus. Written by Emma Donoghue and directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Budget $6 million, running time 117 minutes.

Brie Larson is Joy, a young abducted woman, locked in a soundproof shed, named 'Room', for seven years by a man known only as Old Nick. Jacob Tremblay is Jack, her five year-old son, the result of her rape, who is simply astonishing in the role. When Old Nick reveals that he has lost his job, Joy realises that if she doesn't act soon, both her and her son could end up dead and plots her escape. The film follows her plan and also the aftermath and it's not a spoiler to reveal that they escape, because the true drama of this incredible film comes from not how that escape transpires but from what happens next as Joy tries to reconnect with her estranged parents and she and Jack try to fit into a world almost terrifying as Room itself.

This is an amazing film. Beautifully written, superbly acted and directed that grips from the moment it starts and never lets up. It choked me up three times and I'm not ashamed to say it made me sob.
It's clever, engrossing and absolutely powerful and I utterly adored it. Such a life affirming film one that left me in stunned silence at its end and truly in love with it. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. See it if you can.


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