Nerve

By on December 21, 2016

This teen thriller is flashy, with decent, likable characters and adrenaline-fueled thrills, even if it grows ever more implausible and ultimately disposable. Yet, it does offer a spectacular condemnation of mob mentality and internet trolling, instead clearly rewarding kindness and responsibility. Co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman previously brought us the internet dating scam story Catfish, as well as the surveillance camera-powered Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, and they sure seem to have their fingers on the pulse of … something.
Nerve effectively captures the feel of a movement or a trend (it sort of recalls Pokemon Go) in a New York City setting, as well as the adrenaline of an all-night romp. The filmmakers keep a strong storytelling pace, blowing right past several small plot problems and careless shortcuts without a thought. And the casting is spot-on; the chemistry between Roberts and Franco certainly helps carry the story along. Ages 14 + Out Jan. 6, 2017

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