Hi fellas! Long time, no see. I kinda took a break from the blog lately, cause I didn’t feel like writing, taking pictures (except for Instagram, and I’m pretty proud of my account currently). Also, I needed to take time to develop and nourish my Funko Pop! and The Walking Dead addiction. Can you blame me? (Hint: No, you can’t.)
So, this is a post I had written some time ago now but I wasn’t motivated enough to edit the pictures, let alone add them to the post, so yeah, it’s a little late now to watch Nerve in cinema, but as you are well aware, there are these new services like Netflix or Amazon Prime where you will probably be able to watch it, or DVDs, Blu Rays – really, whatever you prefer. And, basically, that means, you might be still interested in my review.
I had never heard of Nerve before my friend Izzy asked me if I’m planning to see it. When there was cinema day in Switzerland – which basically meant you could watch movies all day long for 1/3 of the usual price – I decided to give it a try (along with Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates
lol amd Now You See Me 2 – still super proud of the picture I took for that post). Anyway, here’s what I thought.
Nerve is an online game that’s generally happening in the darknet. You can decide about your part in the game: are you a player or a watcher? The players have to accept and fulfil challenges in front of their mobile camera. The watchers make (most of) the challenges. If successful, the players earn money and points, if unsuccessful, they’re out. When Vee (Emma Roberts, American Horror Story) meets Ian (Dave Franco, Now You See Me 2), she, who’s actually the rather careful type of person, sees herself soon dragged into the game that starts out as being all fun and games, but soon becomes something totally different.
We gotta admit that this scenario isn’t too far away from us. Some people are watching reality TV all day, that challenges others to do gruesome, funny, stupid or maybe even slightly dangerous things. And even though, those games are all giving you the opportunity to get out, there’s all the pressure of the audience and often the show host that want you to fulfil the challenge – for their excitement, entertainment or simply out of boredom.
Nonetheless, the movie’s target audience is teenagers and that’s why it’s not really complicated or deeply developed. It’s a storyline, you would expect, no big surprises. But how it’s made is cute and entertaining, looks good – and the questions that it could subtly arise about how far our society would go to feel amused and whose fault it is when something bad actually happens in the name of amusement are definitely relevant.
My recommendation is to watch this movie without high expectations of a complete new story because it’s not. It’s a story, we have seen before in one way or another. And after the movie, think about how far away those scenarios really are from our daily lives.