Part drama, part thriller, this movie is a compelling story told in a unique way.
1. This movie is called Room, not The Room. Those two things are not the same in this movie, and it's important that you know the difference.
2. It starts with a young boy named Jack, celebrating his 5th birthday with his mom. We learn that he has spent his entire life in one room, and has never left it. He only believes in what he sees: spiders and mice are real, but squirrels and trees and oceans are not. People on TV are "flat and made of colors".
3. About 30 minutes into the movie, you learn why Jack lives in one room. It wasn't the reason I expected.
4. The movie almost made me cry, and it was only half over.
5. The rug scene will stick with me for a long time.
6. The movie is told from Jack's perspective, which includes low camera shots. It's really interesting to watch.
7. Brie Larson (who was one of the best parts of Long Term 12) gives a great performance in this movie. Jacob Tremblay does so well as Jack that it's easy to forget he's acting - he could really be that kid.
8. The movie was directed by Lenny Abrahamson. If you've seen any of his other movies, it was probably Frank, about the band singer that wears a fake head.
9. This movie could easily have turned into a TV-Movie-Of-The-Week, stuffed with artificial sweeteners. But it never does. This is an emotionally authentic, intellectually engaging
story that may scare you, excite you, or break your heart. Or all three.