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Room (2015)

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Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director:

Lenny Abrahamson

Writers:

Emma Donoghue (screenplay by), Emma Donoghue (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brie Larson ... Ma
Jacob Tremblay ... Jack
Sean Bridgers ... Old Nick
Wendy Crewson ... Talk Show Hostess
Sandy McMaster Sandy McMaster ... Veteran
Matt Gordon ... Doug
Amanda Brugel ... Officer Parker
Joe Pingue ... Officer Grabowski
Joan Allen ... Nancy
Zarrin Darnell-Martin ... Attending Doctor
Cas Anvar ... Dr. Mittal
William H. Macy ... Robert
Jee-Yun Lee Jee-Yun Lee ... News Anchor
Randal Edwards Randal Edwards ... Lawyer
Justin Mader ... FBI Agent
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Storyline

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical--they are trapped--confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. 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. Written by A24

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Survive is only the beginning See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,335,563, 16 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,677,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,262,783
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In preparation for her profoundly complicated character portrayal, Brie Larson spent hours with a trauma specialist researching the psyche of one incarcerated to the extreme degree of her character "Ma." See more »

Goofs

When Ma and Jack visit room at the end of the film, Jack opens the left door of wardrobe first, then the right. When he closes the doors, he closes the left first, then the right. The right door does not close completely (they are coordinated doors). In the next scene (a wider shot), we see Jack looking around and the doors are closed completely. When the scene changes back to a close up, the right door is not closed completely again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ma: Ssh. Go back to sleep.
Jack: [reciting to himself] Once upon a time, before I came, you cried and cried and watched TV all day, until you were a zombie. But then I zoomed down from heaven, through skylight, into Room. Whoosh-pshew! And I was kicking you from the inside. Boom, boom! And then I shot out onto Rug with my eyes wide open, and you cutt-ed the cord and said, "Hello, Jack!"
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Campfire
Written and Performed by Jon Hopkins
Published by Domino Publishing Company Ltd and Notting Hill Music o/b/o Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd
All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Domino Recording Company Ltd
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A Harrowing Film with Incredible Performances!
19 December 2015 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue, 'Room' is a challenging, unsettling, harrowing film, that leaves you disturbed. But that is its sheer power. The Incredible Performances only add to the film's hefty nature.

'Room' Synopsis: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.

'Room' is a disturbing story about bad things that happen to good people. But its also about hope & fighting back. Its shocking to see the protagonist, a child, discover the world along-with his brave mother, who survived a harrowing experience. I was engrossed & often disturbed by the narrative, especially after the son & mother escape. The series of events that follow are so gut-wrenching, I almost broke down.

'Room' is masterfully penned by Emma Donoghue herself. The Writing is consistently powerful & the dialogue are realistic to the core. Lenny Abrahamson's Direction is first-class. He has handled this dramatic, unsettling tale with complete flourish. Cinematography is perfectly claustrophobic. Editing is razor-crisp. Art Design is skilfully done.

Performance-Wise: Brie Larson & Jacob Tremblay deliver incredible performances. Brie is astounding as the tormented, yet brave protagonist, while Jacob steals the show with a flawless performance. The child does wonders & makes 'Room' unforgettable. Of the supporting cast, Joan Allen & The Always Solid William H. Macy leave a solid mark.

On the whole, 'Room' is a must watch! Its certainly unsettling, but its power is undeniable.


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