Shows plenty of Nerve, but then loses all of it

NERVE (M)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

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)

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