Nerve tells the story of 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.”
Although I would’ve liked to have read the book before seeing the movie, but unfortunately in this case, that didn’t get to happen. In saying this, I do get how this would be a great book to screen adaptation. It’s an idea meant for the screen and not so sure how well it would’ve faired in novelistic terms.
The idea for Nerve is a scary one at that and what’s so scary about it is that it’s one that’s not so far from reality, especially with how easy it is to hide behind your computer screen. The trailer paints the film in a very dark manner but when it comes down to it, it’s a young adult film and it definitely plays into that audience.
Bonuses for the film would definitely be the editing and the visual effects employed to really pull us into the world of the film and the crazy game the characters are playing. Paired with a darker colour palette and electronic soundtrack, the heightening tension was built over the film as the dares became more ridiculously stupid.
The acting was another major plus for this film with their intentions and emotions starkly clear. Nothing was hidden and everything was laid out on the table. The story progression was laid out well and heightened with each dare, showing to what extent teens of this generation are willing to go to. This all makes some of the characters a little superficial as what you see is what you get. Even with all the background information provided, it feels like something is lacking.
The film felt a little predictable – the protagonist who doesn’t know what she wants do to with her life and wants to break out, the rebel with a history she falls in love with, the jealous best friend who’s completely lost as a person but comes around in the end, and the guy best friend of the protagonist who’s secretly in love with her but can’t fess up with his attraction but still willing to help in anyway.
Not completely unwatchable but it’s undeniable that leads Dave Franco and Emma Roberts have chemistry.