NERVE ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM -

Di­rected by Henry Joost, Ariel Schul­man. Star­ring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juli­ette Lewis, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Brian Marc, Kimiko

Glenn, Samira Wi­ley, Col­son Baker This zippy pic­ture imag­ines a mo­bile game that asks play­ers to watch or par­tic­i­pate in an es­ca­lat­ing series of dares. Venus (Emma Roberts), the clas­sic up­tight high school hero­ine, is ini­tially only an ob­server, but she gets drawn in and is soon risk­ing life and limb for the en­ter­tain­ment of other play­ers. The open­ing two thirds are lively, funny and mod­estly satir­i­cal. It be­comes over-com­pli­cated at the de­noue­ment, but this re­mains an en­ter­tain­ing piece. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 96 min DC

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