- Actors: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, William H. Macy
- Directors: Lenny Abrahamson
- Writers: Emma Donoghue
- Producers: Ed Guiney, David Gross
- Format: NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Release Date: March 1 2016
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- ASIN: B017SB2MX6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,146 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all--his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.
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When watching this movie, you need a box of kleenex as it is a very powerful movie.
Reminds me of what happened to the three girls that were abducted in cleveland and what they went through to survive
Very well done
But the discovery that there's a whole world outside Room is what sparks off... well, the movie "Room," a harrowing and emotionally intense journey that is mostly seen through the eyes of a child who has never seen the real world, based on the book by Emma Donoghue. It's a wrenching experience with some truly astounding performances by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, focusing on the pains and struggle that come with interacting with the outside world.
For his entire life, Jack (Tremblay) has lived in "Room" with Ma (Larson), his devoted mother. Since he doesn't realize there is an outside world, his active imagination is mostly devoted to the ordinary things in his tiny prison -- the TV set, the toilet, a spoon, a bed. He and his mother live in terror of "Old Nick" (Sean Bridgers), a strange man who brings them supplies, keeps them locked behind a door, and rapes Ma while Jack is hidden inside the closet.
After Jack turns five, a depressed Ma tells him the truth -- there is a whole world outside Room, with everything he's ever seen on television. She was kidnapped as a teenager and imprisoned in Room by Old Nick, and now she wants to escape. Jack desperately rejects her words at first... but then agrees to her desperate plan to smuggle him out of Room, so he can bring someone to save them both.
But escaping Old Nick is only the first part of Jack's journey -- the boy who has never been outside Room suddenly finds himself in a vast world, full of strange people and things that he is ill-equipped to deal with. And Ma (aka Joy) discovers that life had gone on without her in the seven years she was gone, even as she struggles with her anger, depression and guilt. Together, they must try to adjust to a new world that both of them don't know what to do with.
We've all heard horrifying stories about people who kidnap young girls and keep them imprisoned for years, but usually the coverage ends when they and their children go home. "Room" is about not only the escape for the woman and her son, but about how they cope with the world outside -- the woman finds that she can't simply go back to the life she has lost, because that life no longer exists, and her son finds himself facing an alien world that he never even knew existed until a few weeks before.
Director Lenny Abrahamson doesn't go for obvious heartstring-tugging in this story, instead presenting Jack and Ma's story in a straightforwardly realistic fashion -- the dingy tiny Room, the screeching media attention, the strange vast house -- but he has a keen eye for how scenes should be seen through Jack's eyes. For instance, the scene where the cops rescue Jack is exactly what you'd expect of a child who has only ever seen two people in his life, and never gone outside a single room -- he's overwhelmed and barely conscious, floating in a blurry sea of loud noises and lights.
And the movie thoroughly explores the aftermath of their captivity, rather than equating "escape" with "happily ever after." While the media goes wild over their story, it's with a cold, uncaring interest in a scandalous story. Joy's father can't even look at Jack. And Joy herself begins to crumble under the weight of her own unaddressed pain.
But the movie would never work without the duo of Tremblay and Larson. Most of the story is shown through Jack's eyes, so Tremblay is called upon to give a consistently excellent performance on the same level as the adult performers that surround him... and he does. This kid gives an absolutely stunning performance as a strange child who is innocent and imaginative, with some charmingly odd ideas -- he declares that his long hair contains his "strong," anthropomorphizes inanimate objects, and initially won't speak to anyone but his mother, as if everyone else isn't quite real to him. But as the movie winds on, he gradually begins to embrace all the strange things around him, without losing the fierce love for his mother. Tremblay proves that no, being young does not correlate to being a bad actor.
The other half of the coin is Brie Larson, who gives an equally perfect performance as a young woman who has only kept sane by protecting and loving her child. She looks rough and exhausted throughout the movie, occasionally bubbling over with rage and guilt -- one particularly vivid scene has Joy being interviewed by a callously sleazy talk show host, whose needlingly provocative questions send her into a wild-eyed cold rage.
Perhaps the best part of "Room" is that not everything is tidily wrapped up in a happy, normal bow -- rather, it's simply an examination of two human beings' struggle to find their place in the world, buoyed up only by their love for each other. A stunning, wrenching piece of work.
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