Fellow movie-goers: Pretty cool movie, a concept for today’s online junkies.
Here’s the premise: Vee (Emma Roberts) is a high school senior who finds herself immersed in an online game of dares where you get paid money for completing audience suggested acts. She is pushed into this by her best friend Sydney (Emily Meade) who thinks Vee plays it safe all the time.
Using today’s obsession with the internet, NERVE lays out a wicked game that I could actually see happening, maybe not to the degree it shows but we have seen stranger things happening in the anonymous world of cyber space haven’t we? The story for the most part is pretty solid, I do feel like it falls apart a little bit towards the end, where the edginess is replaced by tying the story up in a nice little package instead of braving a more realistic backend. That being said, the movie is fun and entertaining throughout the film, and the cast for the most part is also pretty solid. I do like Franco and Roberts together, they have a pretty good chemistry in the bad boy and innocent girl sort of way.
Most of the cast are pretty generic and cliché-ic, a smorgasbord of teenage typecasts if you will, so they are pretty forgettable. The real star is the internet, and the warnings of what could happen in this world of faceless, anonymous encounters.