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Room

Room_PosterBrie Larson is slowly becoming a fan favorite of mine, especially considering the fact that she’s able to juggle comedy (Trainwreck) along with serious roles such as Short Term 12 and now Room.

Room is the story of a woman who was kidnapped and imprisoned at the age of 17.  She is forced to become the slave of her kidnapper.  It’s unknown how she was abducted, why she was abducted, and the motive of her kidnapper.  All of which doesn’t really matter anyway. You can’t try to explain these sort of things.  Unfortunately they happen.  What does matter is the relationship she has with her son.  The son of the kidnapper.  A son that has never seen the outside world, and who has only known what he sees on the TV, and what he sees within ‘Room’.

At first glance we are presented with the horrible story of captivity.  We live inside room with a mother and son, and we feel the sickening and gut-wrenching disgust for this man that has taken her.  We view their world in a 10 by 10 space.  We try to understand how they cope and survive, and also try and figure out…why haven’t you done everything in your power to escape in the SEVEN years that you’ve been held captive.  All these questions will soon be answered.

What we learn, and really need to understand, is that Brie’s character will do anything for her son.  It is HER son.  The kidnapper may be the father but he has no claim to that child.  The film really begins to pick up steam and head in another direction around the halfway point.  No spoilers, but the film shifts from being about the little boy to being about the mother, and how childhood keeps you ‘plastic’ from the atrocities around you.  It’s not that easy for an adult who knows better.  It’s not easy for someone who understands evil, and horror, and has to explain that to the eyes of an innocent child. An innocent child by the way who has always felt the comfort of the four walls that he has known his entire life.

Brie carries Room, but it shouldn’t be understated that Jacob Tremblay, who plays her son Jack, does an absolutely fantastic job as well.  Director Lenny Abrahamson plays a chess game here.  He puts us in the mind of Jack….and then he puts us in the mind of his mother.  It’s very calculated.  It’s very effective, and it results in one of the best films of the year.

Grade: A