118 minutes, Drama, M
Not to be confused in any way with the 2003 cult hit THE ROOM, this critically-acclaimed Canadian/Irish co-production based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue (who also writes the film screenplay) depicts a scenario seen in previous movies, yet never really from the perspective presented here. Something truly original, this deceptively layered, subtly powerful and poignant drama begins on similar grounds to last year’s tantalising Australian drama PARTISAN. Brie Larson (TRAINWRECK) is single mother Joy, whom with her son Jack, is surviving inside the tiny confines of what they refer to as “ROOM”. With their only visible access to the outside world coming via a skylight, Jack’s curiosity and Joy’s determination sees them hatch a dangerous plan to escape.
Simply sublime is ROOM. Provoking many questions from its keenly observing audience during a challenging first half – are they in a cult? Are they prisoners? Are they hiding from someone? All of them will be answered, at all the right times. In the meantime, let yourself be consumed by the claustrophobic tension, unsettling mystery and mesmeric atmosphere studiously designed. Then, after a brilliantly restrained first half, ROOM faces a new set of directional challenges. Challenges to itself, and to its audience. Curiosity intensifies as we are left in limbo while the next phase of the film begins to form. How are these challenges answered? Under the assured direction of Lenny Abrahamson (FRANK) and led by the lead performances of Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, ROOM further substantiates itself as a brilliantly bold, psychologically complex and deeply rational film that is easily going to be one of 2016’s greatest.
4.5 out of 5
Footnote to Parents
This movie is deeply intense. Due to this, and its scenario, ROOM is better reserved for a mature teenage audience from the age of 15.
Moviedoc wishes to thank Harriet and Jesse, Roadshow Films and Village Cinemas Jam Factory for the Media Screening of ROOM.
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