Friday, 16 June 2017

Nerve (2016)


Adventure, Thriller


Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman




Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Machine Gun Kelly, Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Kimiko Glenn, Samira Wiley, Ed Squires, Brian Marc, Eric D'Alessandro, Marc John Jefferies, Casey Neistat


High school senior Vee (Emma Roberts) finds herself trapped in Nerve, an online game of truth or dare, as her actions start to become manipulated by an anonymous community of watches.


What an interesting movie. That's what I thought after seeing Nerve's trailer so, and also because there are Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, I decided to watch it. Unfortunately, the film was poorly executed and all the potential, simply wasted.

I like said before, I found the concept of Nerve interesting and ingenious, but also quite scary at the same time as it left me to wonder how long before a game like this one actually becomes reality. The problem is that that sense of wonder was soon replaced by absolute boredom.

The first half an hour was rather good, to be honest, and it was engaging. Then the plot goes into the far-fetched territory, with some turns that are not only unbelievable but stupid as well, and the thought-provoking thriller I was expecting turned into some sort of dramatic romantic flick. Not to mention how fake the ending feels.

As if that wasn't enough, there's something about the film's pace and atmosphere that just feel off all the time. It's fast paced and should be exciting but we are just watching a bunch of dares, and they are neither engaging nor exciting because the trailer already gave away all the best ones.

The cast is another problem. I love her, but Emma Roberts just isn't the right cast to play Vee. How believable do you think she can be as an insecure high school girl with social problems? Also, her chemistry with Franco is non-existent. And now Franco. He is an average actor but at least blesses the film with his charisma.


  1. I liked this one a bit better than you because I was engaged most of the way through. Yeah, it falls apart at the end, but I still enjoyed it overall.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. The end just didn't do for me.

  2. Arghhh I know I'm the minority here but I really kind of loved this movie. It's not the best in the world but the glitz and bright lights pulled me in!

    1. I wanted to love it, I really did, but I just couldn't.

  3. I have no desire to see it and who the hell is machine Gun kelly except for the real guy who lived way back when

    1. A rapper, according to Google and Wikipedia. I've never heard of him either and I'm young.