Following a disappointing summer full of mediocre blockbusters, an under the radar thriller/mystery has become one of my favourite films this year. Lead actors (Emma Roberts & Dave Franco) play Vee and Ian, players of the game, Verve. An online program where the participants have to perform a dare made by a watcher of the game. If they succeed in their dare, they receive money but if they fail, they lose all the money they have won. Vee (Roberts) is a quiet and an unsociable teen living in New York. After being embarrassed by her popular, slutty best friend in public, Vee decides to join Verve and instantly becomes of the big stars of the game. From the get-go, she meets Ian (Franco), another player of Nerve. They quickly become a success team taking on dares together. Rapid succession in Nerve, their dares are upped to extreme lengths. Realising there is no safe way out of the game, Vee and Ian must continue together, sacrificing friendship and money to get out of the game.
Directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, the guys behind Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 & 4, the young directors have made another enjoyable movie.. I have thoroughly enjoyed their previous work (excluding PA4). Nerve is a very different movie to their previous work, but the one thing I really like about the directors is that they are both in touch with the modern world. They both seem to understand the things that people are interested in and how they would react. All of the reactions and decisions that are made in this movie by the characters are relatable. There isn’t one moment of the film where it was too dramatic and over the top just to entertain. The directors use of lighting and the city of New York really helped make this film a visual spectacle along with it being a very clever concept.
Another thing that the film does so well in is that the story itself is relevant. I could imagine in the world of today that a program like Nerve would be released and become popular. People are obsessed with watching reality TV shows and live streams. Mix that up and watch people do death defying dares for money would bring millions to the program. This is one of the big reasons why I enjoyed the film so much. It’s a very entertaining film and one I can believe and invest in. Add to that some good performances from Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, Nerve for me is one of the surprise hits of the summer.
Nerve isn’t mind blowing or spectacular, but it’s a film that’s come at the right time to save the summer. After a run of disappointing films, Nerve is something a little different to shake things up. Nothing special, but Nerve is hugely entertaining and extremely relatable to the younger generation. Especially those that are surrounded by technology and social media. 4 out of 5 stars.