Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Kimiko Glenn, Juliette Lewis, Marc John Jefferies, Miles Heizer, Samira Wiley
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Mystery thriller directed film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, which follows high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts), who has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. As Vee partners with a mysterious stranger, Ian (Dave Franco), she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition. The game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
Verdict: The concept of this movie with society’s use of technology and social media is a fascinating one and for the most part it was executed pretty well, but it does get messy towards the end and just doesn’t hold up. Emma Roberts gave a great central performance and she has great chemistry with Dave Franco. Another plus point is that it’s fast paced and had slick editing but in the end even with it’s suspenseful thriller and good performances it just comes off as disposable entertainment.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 16)
Voice: Welcome to Nerve, a game like truth or dare, minus the truth. Watchers pay to watch. Players play to win. Cash or glory, are you a watcher or a player? Are you a watcher or a player?
Sydney: It’s cool, right?
Vee: Is this legal?
Sydney: Vee, Life is passing you by, you need to take a risk once in a while.
Vee: I do take risks!
Sydney: Okay, you’re playing Nerve. Do you accept the dare, Vee?
Vee: Kiss a stranger for five seconds!
Tommy: A stranger.
[they look around the diner]
Tommy: Just kiss that guy.
[he points to a guy sat at a table reading a book]
[as Tommy takes a photo Vee kisses the stranger, Ian, who looks pleasantly surprised]
Vee: Okay, bye.
Ian: Apparently the watchers want me to team up with you.
Vee: I don’t think I’d make a very good partner.
Ian: Hey, let’s see what else happens.
[following an instruction she’s been given by the game watchers]
Vee: Do you know where I can find this dress?
[after she was told by watchers to try on a particular dress]
Vee: My wallet, my clothes, everything’s gone!
Ian: No, my stuff is gone too.
[Vee looks at her phone which has a message from the watchers telling her to leave the store]
Ian: Let’s go.
Vee: I’m not…
Ian: We don’t have a choice!
Vee: Technically it just says we have to leave the store.
[we see them leaving the store in their underwear]
Tommy: [to Vee] You know that some kid died in Seattle died playing that.
Vee: What happens if I bail?
Ian: You lose everything.
Vee: I’m playing this game called Nerve. I need help!
Voice: Vee, you broke the rules. You are our prisoner. We control your life. we control your future.
Vee: What the hell is going on!
Ian: The watchers, they stole our identities and we became prisoners of the game. The only way out is to win.
Tommy: If we can’t stop if we wanted to, there’s no one to stop!
Vee: This is sick!
Ian: This is a game!
[as they ride a motorcycle, Ian closes his eyes]
Ian: You’re my eyes.
Ian: By the way my real name is Sam.
Vee: Nice to meet you Sam.
Ian: Nice to meet you too.
Total Quotes: 16