Room is a film from the perspective of a 5 year old boy. This boy has never seen what lies behind the four walls of the room he lives in. He can see some of the sky through the sky light, but that is it. He has never seen the grass, trees, animals, cars and has only seen two other humans, his mum and her captor Nick. The only way he can see the outside world is through the TV set, but he is told that this isn’t real. The outside world is space and he and his mum scream loud each day in order to catch the Aliens attention.
They have washing facilities, a toilet, food, cooking equipment and a bed. All their supplies come from Nick in the evening when he comes in to share the bed with the boys mother. He doesn’t stay, he gets what he wants and leaves. He is the boys father but has no contact with him. The two of them spend day after day there watching Tv, making up games and creating egg snakes. This has been the case for 5 years for the boy and 7 years for his mum.
Most of the film is taken up by the boy and his mum. We generally only see Nick through the slats of the wardrobe. Everything is seen through the boys eyes. Brie Larson plays the mother and does a great job showing the pain of knowing there is an outside world, being fiercely protective of her son and looking like a woman who has suffered more than her fair share. She has Been nominated for an Oscar for the role, however I think there have been better performances this year. Jacob Tremblay plays the boy and he steals the show in my opinion. It was a great idea by the author to write from the child’s point of view. It is a tough part, but one Jacob really does well with. You see his streets, his confusion, his anger and his fear. Him and Brie have a great chemistry and you really believe that they are in this horrible situation and this gives them this amazing connection.
This is a must see film and completely original. Are the mother and son better off in this room? What will happen if they escape? How would they cope after all these years? Will the author ever write from the mother’s point of view?
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