Nerve is a 2016 thriller, crime, and adventure film based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. It revolves around an online game in which people can sign up to be “players” or “watchers”, the former are given dares to do by the latter and as the movie goes on the dares become more intense.
The movie is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, produced by Allison Shearmur, and the screenplay is by Jessica Sharzer. It stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, and others. More information can be found here.
This movie was a huge surprise! I remember seeing the trailer and being interested and wanting to see it, but I never expected it to be as good as it actually is. I would honestly re-watch it again, and I would definitely say it’s one of my favourite movies of the year, maybe even of all time.
The main character Vee (played by Emma Roberts) is very likeable. I’ve seen a lot of people complain that all Emma Roberts seems to play is the “bitchy” character, but that isn’t the case here. She does have her moments, but overall she’s nothing like that. She’s played very well and I found myself genuinely caring about what happens to her. The other characters are also incredibly interesting. Dave Franco’s character Ian seems to have more knowledge on the Nerve game, and his personality is slightly different to Vee’s, so when they’re paired up it creates this interesting dynamic that’s portrayed very well.
You have Juliette Lewis playing Vee’s mum, which I was surprised about, I had no idea she was in it! So it was a pleasant surprise to see her. There’s also Vee’s two main/best friends, Sydney (played by Emily Meade) and Tommy (played by Miles Heizer). The former seems to take on the role of “bitchy” character, but you still end up being as invested in her and caring about what happens to her. Tommy helps to bring in the more techy side of the Nerve game, giving a more legitimate background as opposed to just shoehorning in it.
There are plenty of other characters throughout and there are bound to be a ton of stars that you’ll recognise. Each character is different and just as interesting as each other.