Love knows no boundaries

20151 h 57 min

Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?

Director Lenny Abrahamson
Runtime 1 h 57 min
Release Date 16 October 2015
Movie Status
Movie Rating Masterpiece
Jack aka Jacob Tremblay

Jack aka Jacob Tremblay


I hadn’t read the novel and only had a vague idea of what Room was about.  Although I could see how the storyline would work well in a book I had my doubts about how it could translate to film.  I was so wrong!

The first half is a masterpiece of claustrophobia and tension.  Real and TV is five year old Jack’s demarkation of the world around him, confined with his mother in a tiny room from birth.  Reality is whatever is in Room and TV is everything else and we see through Jack his confusion as he tries to get to grips with the concept of reality outside Room and the possibility of escape.

The story deftly avoids trite and easy and the second half is an honest examination of suddenly having your hopes and dreams fulfilled, the fragility of adults and the resilience of kids.  I disagree with the criticism that the last half fell flat.  The overwhelming sense of relief more than carried me through some of the more difficult scenes of family dynamics and overall the film was an uplifting celebration of the strength of the human spirit.

Incredible performances by Brie Larson as Ma and Jacob Tremblay as Jack made this the film of year so far for me.  Take tissues.

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