Review: Room

Words by: Hannah Lawrance


You can feel the blood rush through your veins at full speed like waves crashing against the shore in a storm; you can feel your heart beating so fast you think it will explode out of your chest; you can sense your palms sweating even though you can’t feel your own legs. It’s intense. And for two hours straight, this feeling overtook my body while watching Emma Donoghues novel adaptation, Room.

Room is a movie about a young woman, Ma (Brie Larson), and her five-year-old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), and their escape from the place that they have lived, imprisoned, for seven years – the only world Jack has ever known.

The first half of the movie shows Ma and Jack’s life as they make do with Room, a shed acting as a living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom – a cell. Then Jack turns five. Being a year older, Ma tries to explain to Jack that the there’s a whole world outside their squalid room, not just space. Jack tries to come to terms with what’s real, and what’s not, with everything he knows coming from TV. Then Ma and Jack make a plan to escape.

The second half of the movie shows Ma and Jack’s thrilling discoveries in a world where they feel surprised, displaced, and at times resentful.

Rated R, Room is not a light crime film. It is suspenseful, harrowing, and ever so real. So if you want a different kind of adrenaline rush, go skydiving instead.

Room has received critical acclaim with four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, Best Adapted Screenplay for Emma Donoghue, and Best Actress for Brie Larson.

Larson won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) as well as being nominated for further awards.

In Australian cinemas on January 28, 2016.