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Friday, December 11, 2015
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring:Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, etc.
Release date: December 11, 2015 (Dubai International Film Festival)
Room takes the premise
that is usually seen in a thriller, and makes an exquisite drama about
it. It goes beyond showing a series of events, delving deeper and
exploring its main characters’ trauma and how they cope. This makes the
movie one of the few each year that provide a compelling and enduring
Five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) has
lived all his years confined to a tiny room, where he lives with his
mother (Brie Larson). With just a TV and a skylight being his exposure
to the outsde, and a TV to Jack grows up believing that the world is
just within the four walls of the room. As prisoners to a man who had
kidnapped Ma when she was a teenager, they live a symbiotic life with Ma
nurturing Jack with love and care. But how does Jack cope with
something he didn’t know existed – the outside world?
Based on a book of the same name by Emma
Donoghue, director Lenny Abrahamson crafts a truly human story. By
moving a standard third-act finale to the middle of the film, Room
gets to explore what comes for Jack and Ma beyond the physical escape.
Told primarily from Jack’s point of view, we get to behold a child’s
fascination with the world, one he never knew existed. We see him go
from rejection, to curiosity, to fascination – quite oblivious to the
ordeal that he and his mother have lived through. Brie Larson is
exemplary as the mother, being equal parts protective, caring,
possessive as well as tortured and traumatized. Jacob Tremblay is
equally impressive as Jack. As the primary focus of the movie, a wrong
performance by Jacob would leave the movie in shambles. He does a
tremendous job of making the movie work.
For a film with a subject so grim and horrific, Room
is remarkably uplifting. It asks some very basic but important
questions about life, hope, and parenthood, answering some and letting
the audience ponder on others.