If anything, directors Ariel Schuman and Henry Joost have already plied us with the perils of the internet with the 2010 film Catfish, so it’s perhaps no surprise they jump back into the online world with Nerve, based on the novel by Jeanne Ryan. As soon as I saw the trailer, I was intrigued by the concept probably because society is so close to apps like this already, we already showcase our lives online as it is, making it frightfully realistic.
Emma Roberts is Vee, a shy wallflower of a girl who doesn’t want to go to college and lives in the shadow of both her boisterous BFF Sydney (Meade) until she decides to join a secretive online game of dare called Nerve. Controlled by watchers who set dares for money, Vee is sucked into the game, initially propelled by the adrenaline of rebellion with her hunky co-gamer Ian (Franco). But as the games escalate and become more life-threatening, she finds the thrill a little too much – but she’s too far in to be able to pull out…
Emma Roberts and Dave Franco had incredible chemistry which really added to the overall vibe of completing the dares and the emotional rollercoaster presented in the film. Dave Franco was the standout performance as Ian. He showed really good emotion and brought the character to life perfectly, this is my favourite performance of Dave Franco’s. Emma Roberts was also fantastic, as she always is, she also brought her character to life and showed good emotion and the ability to change emotion quickly as appropriate.
Right from the start we are thrown into the action and the game and from there on then we are kept on the edge of our seats, watching breathlessly. What fascinated me was the use of a variety of camera angles for this film. Besides the usual camera angles, there were many shaky cell phone video angle views, in-app live video views, player’s point-of-views, watcher’s views as well as the mirror image views. These all heighten the danger and excitement of the dares.
I gave it 5/5 stars, as it was an enjoyable film which had both me and my sister covering our eyes at points thanks to the thrill aspect and kept us longing for more adventure! I thought the acting was brilliant and the camera angles and shots were unique so if you’re looking for an intense but fun film to watch then check out nerve! Now after watching the film I am definitely going to read the book, and I wonder for those of you who have read the book was it a successful adaptation?!