Very rarely do I mention this in a review, but I wish to warn people in advance that this film is very dramatic and tense. The film’s starts with Ma (Brie Larson) living in a locked up shed with her son Jack (played brilliantly by Jacob Tremblay). It is revealed very early in the film that Ma and Jack are in fact being held against their will and have been locked up in the “Room” for over 7 years. The man responsible for holding Ma and Jack works a daily job, comes home, provides food and drinks and sadly abuses Ma whenever he feels like it before leaving again. This process is repeated daily. Ma will do anything to protect and keep Jack safe.
Being locked up in a 10 by 10 foot Room means that young Jack has never seen outside of the four walls. He is totally clueless about the real world and how it works: Jack’s world has completely been created by Ma. One day Ma is celebrating Jack’s 5th birthday and she decides to tell Jack the truth about the earth, the outside world and how they became locked up in the Room. Now that Jack is a little older, it’s time to possibly take action.
The film is really split up into two parts. I was very engaged during the 1st half of the movie with its fast pacing and suspense. The other half of the movie had a very slow, calm pace. This is not a bad thing- in fact, I felt it was different and very clever. Actress Brie Larson gives an absolutely outstanding performance and her award for best performing actress is 100% earned.
Overall, the film provides one serious emotional roller coaster while we watch our main leads go through many ups and downs. I even found myself thinking about what it would be like to be in Jack’s shoes without even realising it, what would you think of the world if you have never seen it & and lived in just a Room? Movies like Room also reminds me why I totally love films.