Date watched: April 2nd, 2020
Format: Amazon Prime
Year released: 2016
First time watching?: No
From IMDb: “A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.””
I remember watching “Nerve” in the cinema a few years ago and being impressed with it then, and I’ve watched it one or two times since and enjoyed it each time since. The concept is fairly simple: young people sign up to a game online – essentially a game where they get dared to carry out tasks they wouldn’t ordinarily – and they either complete the dare in exchange for money, or chicken out and bail which means they lose everything they’re made so far.
Emma Roberts plays Vee, your typical lead in movies such as this. The quiet, shy, reserved high schooler who signs up following an argument with a classmate to prove them wrong. I’ve been a fan of Emma Roberts for years, both in her movie and TV outings. Her character in this movie is teamed up with Ian, played by Dave Franco. These two have excellent chemistry for carrying this movie, and bounce off each other really well.
Due to the nature of the movie, the dares get increasingly intense as the movie progresses, and as such “Nerve” is a pretty fast paced outing. You spend the majority of the movie on the edge of your seat, wondering how things are going to get amped up next. With a run time of 96 minutes, “Nerve” is a relatively short movie, but those 96 minutes fly past.
In this current environment (not the lockdown one, I mean the other one!) it would be easy to see how an online game like this could easily become the norm. “Nerve” was released at a time when things like the Ice Bucket Challenge were doing to rounds on social media, and this movie does an excellent job of showing how far things could easily get pushed with peer pressure, mob mentality, and the way people are hooked on social media today.
I recommend “Nerve” if you haven’t seen it before. It’s wonderfully fast pace, I still enjoy it four years after it was made, and it’s good enough that I’m happy to rewatch it occasionally.
My rating: 8/10