Synopsis: A high school graduate plays an online reality game that changes her life forever.
Cast: Emma Roberts as Vee, Dave Franco as Ian, Miles Heizer as Tommy
Venus–known mostly here as V– isn’t one to walk on the wild side. A watcher in game speak. She envies her best friend, Sydney, who is a self-described adrenalin junkie. A player. Sydney is popular on this online-reality game called “Nerve”. Which is basically a game where you have to do a lot of dares, in front of an online audience. After V gets rejected by a boy she likes, she impulsively decides to join “Nerve” as a player. Will this be a major game changer for her? Let’s find out.
Emma Roberts did a fantastic job as V. She had the shy, never-taking-a-risk thing down pat. I will say that I miss watching her be evil on Scream Queens. I also liked her chemistry with Dave Franco. Ian was a fun character to watch. He’s great in his scenes without her, but their scenes together are the best. Miles Heizer did a believable job as the computer nerd who worried about his best friend. No other performances really stood out for me.
Oftentimes, teen movies are boring and predictable and, worst of all, very forgettable. This one wasn’t. I guess it’s because the whole take-a-risk thing is something people of all ages can relate to. But it also reminds us that taking a risk isn’t always the best thing for us. It can be foolish, too risky and even dangerous. Nerve also showed many scenes of people in cliques, people who had a severe case of mob mentality. We all know that conformity and being a sheep can be very, very bad. It seems to be about becoming your own person, away from the crowd. Good job, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost.
The film certain had its imperfections, but overall, I thought it was good. Intentionally or not, Nerve taught some good lessons. I’d give it a 7 out of 10. It’s on Hulu right now.