Room is a 2015 independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her 2010 novel of the same name. It stars Brie Larson as a woman who has been held captive for seven years, and whose 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) was born in captivity. Their escape allows the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. The film also stars Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy.
Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
Why It Rocks
- Like many films distributed by A24, it has an original, well-crafted storyline put into it.
- Amazing direction from Lenny Abrahamson.
- The film stays completely faithful to Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel of the same name.
- Probably one of Brie Larson's best performances in her career, along with Jacob Tremblay.
- Joy is an extremely sympathetic character, as the viewer is able to feel for her as she longs to be free from captivity along with her son, and when she is raped and used as a sexual slave by her captor. It's also hard to think of women being used as sexual slaves by their captors without getting depressed.
- Jack's point of view of how he thinks what the outside world looks like prior to escaping is pretty accurate. He also lets the viewer imagine themselves as a 5-year-old born into captivity and being allowed to experience the outside world for the first time.
- Excellent cinematography, which gives the movie a claustrophobic atmosphere.
- Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay have amazing chemistry with each other.
- None of the drama in the film is manipulative. It doesn't shove its emotion in the viewer's face. It instead lets the emotion happen subtly and not melodramatically.
- The film is also able to stick with the viewer long after they watch it.
- Due to how sad the movie is, it's not for the people who are easily depressed.
Room received widespread critical acclaim. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 93%, based on 303 reviews, with an average rating of 8.46/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettably harrowing—and undeniably rewarding—experience." Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 86 out of 100, based on reviews from 43 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".