Shows plenty of Nerve, but then loses all of it
Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade
THIS middling teen thriller instantly gets our attention by showing us a near-future where Pokémon GO is no longer the hottest thing in live online gaming.
The film takes its title from an app-based competition where young, dumb and fearless players do whatever their smartphones tell them to.
Without getting too exact, the Nerve app generates an everescalating series of dares for big cash prizes. If you don’t chicken out and can stick around to do something truly death-defying, then you could be setting yourself up for life. Unless, umm, you die. This is a catchy storytelling hook, and the movie’s co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) have no trouble persuading their audience to initially take the bait. Therefore it is such a shame to see a copping-out closing act – the ending is truly on the nose – undo much of the good work completed earlier.
Now showing Village Cinemas (Eastlands and Hobart)