A room with no view

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -


Di­rec­tor: Lenny Abra­ham­son (Frank) Star­ring: Brie Lar­son, Ja­cob Trem­blay, Joan Allen, Wil­liam H. Macy Ver­dict: Locked away to­gether, look­ing for the key in each other.

A BA­SIC synop­sis of Room makes it sound like a hor­ror movie.

A young woman is ab­ducted at 17 and held cap­tive in­side a small sub­ur­ban back­yard shed for seven years.

As the story be­gins, she has a young son who is cel­e­brat­ing his fifth birth­day. The boy’s father is the kid­nap­per, a strange man who makes ir­reg­u­lar vis­its to bring sup­plies, and some­times stay the night.

How­ever, in spite of the ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion it starkly de­picts, Room is any­thing but an or­deal as a cinema ex­pe­ri­ence.

The sus­pense and dread in­trin­sic to the tale is bal­anced by a warmth, re­silience and in­no­cence that will truly as­ton­ish most view­ers.

So too will Room’s abil­ity to keep build­ing mo­ments of in­spi­ra­tional up­lift in the most down­cast of places.

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue – who also wrote the screen­play – Room charts the re­la­tion­ship of a woman known only as Ma (played by Brie Lar­son) and her son Jack (Ja­cob Trem­blay).

Im­pris­oned in a space of only 10 sq m, Ma has some­how found a way to make it a com­plete world for her lit­tle boy.

Though Ja­cob has never felt fresh air or in­ter­acted with other hu­man be­ings, Ma nur­tures an imag­i­na­tion and in­tel­li­gence in her son with the mea­gre re­sources at hand.

To keep her­self go­ing, Ma oc­cu­pies her mind with es­cape schemes that may one day se­cure a re­turn to nor­mal life. How­ever, should the pair ever make a break for it, suc­cess or fail­ure will ul­ti­mately rest on the small shoul­ders of Ja­cob. The child may not be up to the chal­lenge. In his still-form­ing mind, the out­side world might as well be outer space.

If you have had the good for­tune to miss the spoiler-laden trailer, you are per­fectly primed for one of the most com­pelling movies of the sum­mer.

Lar­son’s eco­nom­i­cal, yet elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance is all but guar­an­teed to win her the next Best Ac­tress Os­car. Her in­ti­mate chem­istry with young Trem­blay (also un­be­liev­ably strong, in to­tally dif­fer­ent ways) is a force that can­not be de­nied through­out.

Now show­ing at Vil­lage Cin­e­mas (Hobart only) and opens at the State Cinema on Thurs­day

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