Review: Teen thriller showcases risks of social media

Caroline Fellows
Online Editor

In its opening weekend, “Nerve” grossed nearly $10 million in over 2,500 theaters. Photo from www.playnerve.com

In its opening weekend, “Nerve” grossed nearly $10 million in over 2,500 theaters. Photo from http://www.playnerve.com

“Welcome to Nerve, a game like truth or dare, minus the dare. Watchers pay to watch. Players play to win cash and glory. Are you a watcher or a player? Are you a watcher or a player? Are you a watcher or a player? Watch? Play?”

“Nerve,” a fast-paced, techno-thriller adventure movie, revolves around the online video game of the same name and features Emma Roberts (“We’re the Millers”) and Dave Franco (“Neighbors”).

The main protagonist is high school senior Vee (Roberts), who, pressured by her friends to start taking risks, signs up to play Nerve in order to break out of her shell. The game begins lightly, with Vee’s first dare to kiss a stranger for five seconds. The stranger turns out to be Ian (Franco), another popular Nerve player with whom she pairs for the rest of the movie, and two quickly form a strong bond.

As the pair grows closer together, their dares become progressively more dangerous, and their enemies growing in numbers. Vee must make choices between following her heart and following her brain and doesn’t realize how much her life is at stake until it’s too late.

“Nerve” has all the elements of a high school romantic comedy:  boy meets girl, and an unlikely relationship is formed, misunderstanding leads to drama, blah blah blah. However, “Nerve” is no sappy love story with a damsel in distress who must be rescued by a man, and no, the movie did not premiere on Valentine’s Day.

Based off of Jeanne Ryan’s 2012 book of same name, “Nerve” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drinking and use of drugs, language, nudity and risky behavior- all involving teens. It runs for one hour and 36 minutes and is directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost.


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  1. Great post; you have nailed the essence of what Nerve is about. Its also a satire on the herd mentality upon which social media thrives. A bit predictable and could have dug deeper, so I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

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