Mother, son struggle to escape captivity

BY Cassandra Isidoro

“Room” is a spectacular drama that tells a story of kidnapping in  a  breathtaking way.

The film, directed by Lenny Abrahamson is based on 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 emotionally as she struggles to survive.

Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with love and by playing games, watching TV and telling him 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 watch  the characters develop.

Jack is a naive, innocent boy who always asks questions. His role in the room versus the outside world confuses him.

He narrates his views of the outside world, making a comparison with his life in the room. His curiosity is awe-inspiring.

Ma starts falling apart after they escape their kidnapper, while Jack smoothly transitions into the real world.

Both characters are multi dimensional.

They display strength, hope and  effectively portray the effects  of kidnapping on victims.

In the film, the news media is challenged to discover the sensational tale of Ma, which unveils striking events of invasion of privacy.

“Room” leaves the audience with an intimate understanding of the trauma kidnapping victims endure.

Even though Jack appears to be going through the most difficult times of his life, he  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.

Tremblay and Larson’s performances make the character sympathetic

The lighting and compositional elements of the movie make it an astonishing film to watch.

“Room” is a must watch film.It won the 2015 People’s Choice Award.

“Room” is now playing in select theaters. It opens nationwide on Nov. 6.

It is rated R for disturbing images and violence.


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