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After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.

Joy Newsome (Larson) raised her son, Jack, by herself and without him ever seeing the outside world. But when she decides that she and Jack cannot live in the room forever, she makes an attempt to set them both free.

Room was a powerful, emotionally gripping and excellently directed drama by Lenny Abrahamson (Frank). Brie Larson (Trainwreck) gives the performance of her career and is sure to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars next year. Almost as magical to watch as Larson is Jacob Tremblay who plays the five year old Jack. Seeing him react to the world was an emotionally captivating experience unlike anything I've seen all year. Jack is a character who has been raised by a single mother in a single room, he has no knowledge of the outside world. All he knows is Room and TV, so seeing him learn and adapt to his new surroundings was a beautiful experience.

Lenny Abrahamson who directed one of my favorite movies of last year, Frank, does an excellent job of connecting you to these characters and making you feel like you're in that room with them. We follow them almost through every second of the film, we don't leave the room until they do and the way Abrahamson shot this was pretty special. He followed the actors closely, used a lot of close ups and that way I felt confined to a space much like the characters did. He does an excellent job of creating a world within the room, it feels pretty large because that is the world in which the characters are living in. There's a scene where the two go back to visit the room and it's made to look significantly smaller because now these characters have been living in the normal world, and I thought that was genius.

The circumstances that these characters are in, is nightmarish, it's truly terrifying to even imagine and it's a credit to Larson's performance that its clear that she's pretending to stay strong and not lose hope because of her 5 year old son. When she comes back into the world, she does start to unravel and she has trouble re-adapting back into society and she was fantastic all the way through.

Emma Donoghue who wrote the novel also wrote the script and from what I've heard, she adapted it perfectly. The script is truly fantastic, Donoghue along with Abrahamson created a lived in world within this single room.

Room is a deeply moving story of a boy seeing the world for the first time, it certainly hit me on an emotional level, not only because of the tragic but beautiful story but also the purely excellent performances. Room is a film you must see.

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