If you didn't already know: I love gaming. Board games. Video games. Digital games. I can't help it; I grew up with it. And one of my guilty pleasures is watching movies that have a "gaming" theme to them, whether it's a video game-to-movie adaptation or simply part of the plot. Well, after having a lonely Friday night without friends around, I decided to check out a brand new movie in theatres. (Yes, I went to the theatre by myself. Don't judge, we all do it!) This movie review is about a competitive digital thriller: NERVE.
The Plot: Vee (Emma Roberts) is shy and unadventurous high school student in Staten Island who wants to go to school to be a photographer. After her friends joke that she's too safe, Vee signs up to play a new digital reality game called "NERVE," an app that challenges players to dares (ranging from embarrassing to life-threatening) to win cash. NERVE covers the events of one as Vee competes in this dangerous game.
The Results: 3.75/5!
I liked NERVE more than I probably should have. Blame the likable cast, the bright colours, the New York setting, or even the concept of the game itself, I enjoyed watching the film. Emma Roberts did a great job leading the movie and I liked the supporting characters; Dave Franco's character, though, rubbed me the wrong way, but he did have great chemistry with Roberts. The only fault to the movie I had may have to do with the plot itself. The movie tried to give as much background as it could to explain NERVE (the game), but there were some persistent plot holes. Like, for instance, is the winner the only one to get money or do people who fail challenges also get money? If the game is so popular, why do most people seem not to know of it? Regardless, that could be explored if there is a sequel. NERVE is digital, techo-colour ride that offers some laughs and a could teen thriller to watch while having popcorn.