by Cassandra Isidoro
“Room” is a spectacular drama that tells a story of kidnapping in the most breathtaking way.
The film, directed by Lenny Abrahamson from a novel by Emma Donoghue, introduces real characters and a surprising narrative of a thrilling escape and the aftermath that follows.
The movie opens with a scene in a small room with, a bed, a tub and a window skylight, which confines a five-year old boy named Jack, played by Jacob Tremblay.
For seven years, Jack’s mother, “Ma,” played by Brie Larson, evolves through a range of emotional survival over the course of the film.
Ma dedicates herself to keep Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with love and doing things such as playing games, watching TV and telling magical stories.
In “Room,” Jack and Ma are both confined to a narrow space while a man comes at night to threaten Ma.
When they escape, the obstacles faced by Ma and Jack show the devastating long-term effects of violence.
The film gives the audience beautiful and fearless scenes to see how the characters develop in their own work.
Jack plays a naive, innocent character that always asks questions. His role in the room and the outside world confuses him.
He narrates his views of the outside world making a comparison from his entire life in the room. His curiosity is awe-inspiring.
Ma starts falling apart after they escape their kidnapper, while Jack smoothly makes the transition to the real world.
Both characters are multi dimensional. They display strength, hope and portray the effects kidnappings have on victims well.
In the film, the news media is challenged to discover the sensational tale of Ma, which unveils striking events of non-privacy.
“Room” leaves the audience with an intimate understanding of the trauma kidnapping victims endure throughout the film.
Even though Jack appears to be in the most difficult times of his life. Jack makes the audience laugh, acting with charm even when performing the most mundane of actions, such as coming down a stairway.
This scene of Jack kept the audience captivated and left them wanting more of his amazing display as an innocent child.
The film is portrayed cinematically through brilliant use of music that engages the audience to sympathize with Jack and Ma’s performance.
The light and compositional elements of the movie make it an astonishing film to watch.
“Room” is a must-see movie that will leave the audience talking about it for a long time.
“Room” won the People’s Choice Awards in 2015, voted by the general public.
“Room” is now playing in select theaters. It opens nationwide in Nov. 6.
It is rated R for disturbing images and effects of violence.