Film, Like — January 19, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Room (2015)


(Warning: Spoilers in this review)

Room is one of the best movies I have watched for the past year. It is almost unbelievable to see such a powerful performance from a very young boy — Jacob Tremblay. Brie Larson as the mom has also beaten Cate Blanchett (Carol) to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

The moving film makes its audience think hard about multiple issues. How would anyone survive in such a confined space and retain her sanity? Why would anyone be so cruel to imprison a mother and child for such a long time? If someone grows up in a room and the room is the whole world to him, how would he adapt to the world out there when he is freed? It is not unlike Plato’s allegory of the cave, in which he gave an analogy of how prisoners were chained to the cave for their whole lives and only saw the shadows as their reality.

If I were to nitpick, the only flaw I can find is how the room is actually a standalone shed in a typical neighbourhood. It is not indicative that old Rick comes from the outdoor each time he opens the door. In fact, I always thought he is walking down the stairs, perhaps to the basement, when we hear his impending footsteps. I also find it hard to believe that nobody can hear the mom and child screaming, especially when there is a skylight.

Nitpicking aside, this is one incredible film that should be on your watchlist and I am sure it will be talked about for a long time.

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