Room Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Room

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    HiJack.

  • Starring:

    Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, Tom McCamus, William H. Macy, Cas Anvar, Amanda Brugel, Joe Pingue

  • Directed by:

    Lenny Abrahamson

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide attempt (pills). People are pushed, forced down, near-choked, held captive, grabbed/dragged, pursued, knocked down. An object is thrown at an animal. A child throws a toy, bangs on a window. A child mimes being electrocuted. Yelling, screaming, arguing, pleading. A television cartoon shows an explosion, a character being hit. An adult tells a story about smashing a man on the head, kicking him, then being grabbed on the wrist. I'll kill you, you killed my baby, taking your own life mentioned. Blood/gore: Injection given in arm (child), IV drips, people in hospital beds, face mask, nasal tube. Tooth pain, pink cheeks, fever. Dislodged tooth - blood on tooth, fingers. Bruising, bandage with blood spots. Sucking my blood, convulsions mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Two people have sex off-screen (noises heard). Cleavage. Tight-fitting clothing (outline of nipples seen beneath). Undressing. Child in underwear. People seen in shower/bath (no genitals seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). Vials of prescription pills. A child takes multivitamins. "The kid's on something," mentioned. Scotch mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, b*tch, fart, butt. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Mother-son relationships, child abduction, imagination, normality, escape, reality, trauma, PTSD, consensual rape, suicide, birthdays, psychology, adjusting, television media, freedom, loss, maternal love.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital setting. Divorce mentioned. Mouse, spider, dogs. Brushing teeth, regurgitation, vomit, bed-wetting. Toilet. Zombie, job loss, aliens, cult mentioned. Based on the novel Room by Emma Donoghue.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Powerful, tense, claustrophobic, spare, lean, unsettling, moving, compelling, credible, funny, tragic, engrossing, tough, suspenseful, heartrending, potent, sensitive. Remarkable/astonishing/revelatory/textured/deglamourized/unforgettable/must-witness performances, breathless intermission, heart-stopping escape scene, expert production design, restrained/intelligent direction, memorable/layered score, plot is faithful to the book.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Lacks the detail/tension/claustrophobia/emotion of the book, some touches of treacle/melodrama.

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