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Drama - YA

Nerve (2016)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A book of the same name by Jeanne Ryan
Writers/Script Jessica Sharzer
Additional Info Emma Roberts is the niece of Julia R.
Director Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Juliette Lewis, Colson Baker
Elevator Pitch When an extrovert high school senior decides to take part in an on line game, where the participants can win money if they complete “Dares” in the real world, proposed by “Watchers”, her more timid friend also decides to participate and they begin to compete with each other for audience numbers. The friend teams up with a young man and together they have  some success. But there is a hidden level of participation, becoming evident as the dares become more and more life threatening.
Content The participants carry out the dares in the game, mostly in the dark in New York. The main protagonists ride about on a motor cycle, and at one point strip off to their underwear and dash about in public. They go to parties and are gradually recognised in the streets so people track them with their phones. There is interaction with a group of nerds who can do stuff with computers, becoming important to the plot.
A View This oevre starts off in an interesting way, and the early challenges are fun, but in reality – or unreality – the plot is pretty thin and in the end the requirement to suspend disbelief becomes more and more essential, and you end up questioning the mechanics of the plot. But we should bear in mind that the target audience is young adult – so if you are one you might like it.

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