ByHarryS, writer at

Room, based on the novel of the same name, which was conceived from the Fritzl case - a terrifying case which would chill anyone to the bone. Against the miserable what it presents is a very moving story and an unusual portrayal of a disheartening story. It certainly deserves its attachment to the genre of drama.

Jacob Tremblay (left) and Brie Larson (right).
Jacob Tremblay (left) and Brie Larson (right).

Joy (played by Brie Larson) is held captive with her 5 year old son, Jack (played by Jacob Tremblay). Where they have to struggle to survive in their small accommodation and have to daily overcome challenges which would not occur to the everyday person. They have to strive through and keep the motivation the real the outside world and escape from their captivity. The film takes the view of the 5 year old boy who sees these struggles and the world in his own unique way. He has to come face-to-face with reality and life outside of captivity.

Incredibly moving performances by Larson and Tremblay are what drives this film and places you in the shoes of these characters. The film truly shows the struggles which they face and conveys the incredible bond these characters have. Room shows what captivity is like through the eyes of a 5 year old who has only known captivity. The result is a very touching performance by the young Tremblay which could even bring a tear to anyone’s eye. The film also stars well-known faces such Joan Allen and William H. Macy who do have effective performances. However the casting of recognisable actors over upcoming stars was unnecessary and took away from the film’s impact.

Throughout the film there is definitely moments where you want to just put your hands over your eyes and hope for the best. However by the end, it gives you a heart warming feeling where you feel as if you part of their story. Lenny Abrahamson's beautifully crafted film deserves more attention as the way in which it shows you the brutality of their captivity but also the strong bond between mother and son it truly stunning.

ROOM - Official UK Trailer - In Cinemas Now


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