There is a new game that teens are playing with their cell phones called Nerve. As the game states, “it’s like truth or dare without the truth.” People can log on to their phones and either be a “watcher” or “player” and earn money as they do different tasks directed to them by the watchers. They either complete the tasks or bail out and lose all they have earned. When a high school girl (Emma Roberts) deemed boring by her friends decides to play, she meets a stranger (Dave Franco) and together they have one wild and crazy night that turns serious when things get too dangerous.
In what I like to call The Game lite, Nerve is an immersive movie that is a series of stunts and dares that are pretty clever and tense. The movie is short so it doesn’t over stay its welcome, but it could have been a little longer to add more background story that would immerse us more into this game world. I only say this because of how The Game played out, but I think Nerve hits on the levels it wants to.
The stunts are the focus of the movie and they are pretty fun and intense. They are thrilling and nail-biting and not once did I feel the need to get up and leave. The story might be simple and generic (I mean these people are simply playing “dare” for money) but the challenges work well. The ending of the movie could have been worse, but it also could have been so much better. It is slightly predictable but they pull it off decently and I would call it “memorable” which is something I always want. At the end of the day, Nerve doesn’t over stay its welcome, but I also think it could have been something much more. Perhaps a sequel will shed light into its creation and kick things up a notch. Co-starring Emily Meade, Miles Heizer and Juliette Lewis.
7/10 Stars – Thrilling, tense, and fun, wish it had a little more development to make it that much better!