Movie Review – Nerve
A while ago, I told my mother about people sharing videos of themselves snuffing animals online. To my surprise, she knew about these and she firmly insisted these twisted ones were doing such horrible acts for money. To avoid arguing with her, I mostly agree. In my heart, though, I lamented how the real reason for such atrocities was probably for momentary glory. That obsession with the unbelievable euphoria one experiences when the entire world seems captivated by you. When it feels, even if just for a second, you are unmatched in the eyes of the human race.
Well, Nerve puts the reason behind such acts and other daredevil stunts as monetary motivation. What’s smart about the storyline is how it subsequently reveals that money is only the façade, with the real motivators behind everything being indulgence and fame. To facilitate the narration, a lot of other Internet myths and perceptions are woven, but these largely do not hinder the story, which is on the whole deftly and energetically told. What does pull Nerve down a notch, on the other hand, is the “socially responsible” sermon in the climax. I take it the producers were compelled to do so, probably to avoid controversy. Still, for a Movie to adopt such a harsh opinion about popular culture, and then hide under the greater misconception that things could end ******** **** *****, well, that makes Nerve somewhat too unrealistic for comfort. A little too much of the neon lighted wonderland the bulk of the movie takes place in.
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