Run time: 118mins
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Tom McCamus, Sean Bridgers, William H Macy
Synopsis: The extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5 year old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical – they are trapped – confined to a windowless space, which Ma has named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.
Irish director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank, 2014; What Richard Did, 2012) has brought this amazing film to the screen. The adaptation, by author Emma Donoghue from her best-selling novel, ensures that what on the surface seems like a harrowing subject is not in fact a horror movie, but ultimately a life affirming story about love and a deep mother and son bond.
Brie Larson gives an awards-buzzed performance in this acclaimed drama as Ma. Together with an outstanding performance from Jacob Tremblay as Jack, the pair create a story of absolute convincing authenticity in the 10 x 10 enclosure called ‘Room’ which represents the entire universe to the child. However, as the boy reaches his fifth birthday Ma decides to take a big risk by allowing Jack to escape into the outside world. Afterwards, a remarkable emotional journey begins for both mother and son as their lives change forever through exposure to the world beyond ‘Room’.
Featuring a strong ensemble of supporting actors, this unforgettable and deeply moving drama has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Larson herself. It’s an emotional celebration of the bond between mother and son, and marks the latest triumph from acclaimed filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson, who directed Michael Fassbender in the quirky 2014 movie Frank.
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