If there’s one film that perfectly captures how cruel, enticing, scary, exhilarating and incredible the internet is, then it’s Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s latest collaboration, Nerve.
Written by Jessica Sharzer and based on the 2012 novel by Jeanne Ryan, the film takes audiences on an unsettling but highly enjoyable ride as a high school senior gets involved in an online game called Nerve, where players are given increasingly risky dares by ‘watchers’ in exchange for money.
Nerve is a unique, bold and addictive watch, and couldn’t have a more apt title. From the moment our heroine, Vee (Emma Roberts), starts this wicked game, everything that follows is sharp, gripping and laced with just the right amount of action, romance and laughs. Roberts brings some considerable acting chops to the role, and manages to strike the right balance between Vee’s innocence and wild courage. The charming Dave Franco, whose character Ian walks comfortably with danger, shares a palpable chemistry with Roberts, and you’ll have no trouble seeing why this alluring pair were cast together.
Considering Nerve is heavy on themes like online safety and identity in the internet age, it’s no wonder the co-directors of MTV’s Catfish helmed the project. Joost and Schulman know how to create imagery that really speaks to their audience, and have crafted an enormously entertaining and brilliantly paced film that speaks volumes on the cruel, sheep-mentality of anonymous commenters on the internet.
Nerve is without a doubt one of 2016’s most unique, fun watches, and is a breath of fresh air from the usual summer blockbuster fare.
Image source: Roadshow Films.