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Film Review: Nerve (2016)

Nerve is a story about an online dare game in which the dares get increasingly dangerous and the actions of the players are manipulated by the watchers. Read my review…


Emma Roberts plays Vee, a shy goody two shoes who is thinking about not going to university/college that she has already been accepted to because she can’t afford to. Her friend turns her onto a game called Nerve where the more dares you complete, the more money you make. As she starts on this journey, she meets Ian (Dave Franco) and the story goes from there.


Nerve is a pretty entertaining movie. I really liked the premise and the idea it represents. It is hard to believe that such a thing doesn’t already exist or at least, hasn’t been tried yet, knowing the state of social media now. It is always easier to sit behind the mask that is the internet and behave in ways that you would never in person. After a while though, it all starts to get a little ridiculous. But the dynamic direction by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman kept it interesting enough.

The third act does get a little farfetched and it seemed like the movie was overreaching. Having said that, the resolution was quite satisfying. Partly down to the direction and partly down to the admirable performances from Emma Roberts and Dave Franco; they were good for the most part.

I did have some problems with a bunch of little things, call it nitpicks if you will. In this world, there are Macbooks with touch screens and phones with fingerprint sensors on the camera lenses. I know this may sound like the most mundane things to moan about but it bothered me a lot. Also, how much battery life do these people have for their phones?! If there are phones with batteries that let you leave the camera on for hours with a constant internet connection, how have I not heard of this yet? C’mon Apple, get a move on!

Overall, Nerve is an entertaining enough watch. It has its flaws but the direction is good enough to not let the movie become boring for too long. It felt like a toned down version of a Black Mirror episode.

My Score: 3/5 – Which is a recommendation.

Nerve is available to stream now on Netflix and to buy or rent on all other VOD services.

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