Tuesday, 9 February 2016
A mother and her young son are held captive in a small single 'Room'. The son knows nothing of the outside world other than what his mother has described and from what he observes from the 'magic' of a small flat screen television with poor reception. When they finally achieve their freedom they find themselves captives in a new sense.
I went to see this with some trepidation expecting grim visuals and plot. The first forty-five minutes or so are set fully within the claustrophobic atmosphere of their imprisonment but the film then soars when 'freedom' brings a whole set of other challenges.
Brie Larson is excellent as the mother but it is Jacob Tremblay who delivers the stellar performance as her son.