Director: Lenny Abrahamnson
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, William H. Macy, Joan Allen
Room is based on the Booker Prize - shortlisted novel of Emma Donoghue, who also writes the screenplay. The narrative is very original, which is rare for movies these days, despite the theme that it tackles - the boundless love between mother and son. Ironically, this takes place inside a confined space Jack calls room where he's been living with his mother he calls Ma since his birth five years ago. Neither Ma nor Jack has the key. A frequent visitor keeps the He has no idea of the world outside the room. He believes that the things he sees on TV (yes, they have TV in the room) are only make-believe. He's no complaints of the everyday routine as long as Ma and her undivided attention toward him are there. But, now that he's five, his mother starts to explain the reality that the're actually prisoners in that room and outside it are real people, trees, dogs, etc. Jack refuses to believe it.
I'm not gonna go into details. But they manage to get out eventually. For both Jack and Ma, to be outside the room is another challenge to deal with.
Larson's and Tremblay's are among the most heartbreaking performances I've seen on screen. The movie succeeds in making us feel the claustrophobia in that room as a result of some people's mindless commitment of evil deeds against innocent people. This reminds me of Life Is Beautiful, where the child sees the ugly world he's in as a play ground as long as his father is with him.
Date seen: December 24, 2015