Rambling about Nerve (2016)

Nutshell Ramble 

Conventional film with a conventional concept aching to be social commentary but has a conventional message.



Full Ramble

Nerve is a 2016 teen thriller directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, written by Jessica Sharzar and stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco and Juliette Lewis. The movie attempts to explore the obsession young adults seem to have with internet based dares and the ill-effects they may have on said youngster’s lives.

The biggest problem with the film is that the characters are stupid. Literally no one has an understanding of the internet or how it works. These impact those statements have are hammered home when the third act kicks in. A loss of words is the best feeling one may have when absurdity on a massive scale unfolds on-screen. The lack of a clear antagonist hurts the film big time as well.

That’s not to say the film does not have good moments. Far from it. It has a good bunch of tense scenes and some very creative visuals but that is as far as it goes with what the film has to offer apart from its mildly original concept.

If seeing your leads ride motorcycles with the latest pop song (which you will forget by the credits roll) watching them do neknomination style dares or watching them run around in their underwear is your thing, I guess it’s a pretty enjoyable affair. Most or near all of the characters have no motivations to do what they are doing. I, personally, would have been pretty impressed if no one had any character whatsoever and they were dumb teens being dumb. Because as all of us have seen with neknominations or the don’t judge me challenge or that guy who kicks the ice he is standing on and falls into water, stupid people will be stupid and especially over the Internet. But when the film suddenly takes a hard left turn to show its characters are intelligent, it is more than jarring. A shout out to the least secret hacker organization ever.

The dialogue is some of the worst one can listen to from any movie all year. The characters are cardboard cut outs. Acting is near non existent. Any doubts about that can be quelled when one sees the least concerned mother is any film ever. Any plot twists can be seen coming from a mile away. The main plot kicks in with a huge hole in the narration which one might find stupid. Multiple plagiarized scenes and cheap stakes later you might just want to see these kids fail and just stop, it looks like that ends things anyway.

The film is very much like its soundtrack. The soundtrack is forgettable but tries to give itself some street cred by name dropping the Wu Tang Clan. The film does pretty much the same thing where it is forgettable by itself but it tries to have an alleged high brow concept which may or may not give it the good will to stay in the audience’s mind.




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