Though not exactly a literary genius, Dan Brown has created a nice collection of accessible and interesting treasure hunt novels that have since provided two reasonably successful movies that blend history with some neat storytelling. For some reason though they’ve skipped out on the Freemasons story The Lost Symbol and have gone for the more recent Inferno that centres around Florence and the works of poet Dante Alighieri. Unlike The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, the work of Dante is not as well known as the source material of the other films, and so it doesn’t come up a lot in the trailer. They focus more on the story side of the book which covers a man who intends to release a plague on the earth to curb it’s population problem. Though it’s an intriguing story, these films work on their mystery history side, and so it’s difficult to say whether this one will work with more unfamiliar material.
Patient Assassin’s Creed gamers have been demanding this and waiting for years for this moment. And it’s finally happened; we’ve got an incredibly worrying trailer. Video games don’t always translate well to the silver screen *cough Super Mario Bros.*, so we needed something a bit special to set our lactose intolerant gamer stomachs at ease. This trailer was not that. With no discernible plot and a bizarre take on the Animus, it left Assassin’s Creed fans with a fair amount of concern for how this movie is actually going to work. Nothing stood out as being particularly interesting, or new (aside from the aforementioned Animus). Unlike a lot of transitions from one medium to another, the main problem seems to be that it’s too similar to the source material whilst not offering fans or newcomers anything worth watching.
Essentially, it looked exactly like the game but without the fun part of, you know, actually playing it.
I mean, I’ll still go and see it, but still…
A film about an ‘online game of truth and dare, without the truth’. So, dares. Fortunately that ugly tagline seems to be the worst part of Nerve, which actually doesn’t look quite as bad as you may think.
The image accompanying the trailer on YouTube video I watched (there are other online video service providers out there) was a picture of Emma Roberts and Dave Franco in their underwear in a lift, and I thought to myself ‘Yeah this will be awful, probably worth a watch just to see how terrible it is’. But in honesty, I was disappointed, because there was no real mockery to be made at Nerve’s expense.
The idea behind the film is an interesting one; a game controlled through social media, whereby the contestant completes challenges to earn cash. These tasks range from kissing a stranger, to say shoplifting, with higher reward for more difficult objectives. When the watchers latch on to lead character Vee, she soon embarks on an evening yoloing and madcap adventures with fellow player Ian, which possibly leads to romance (quite probably). The concept works in theory due to its plausibility, with the fictional online gameshow barely a stretch from real life peer pressured oneupmanships like the cinnamon and ice bucket challenges.
The film’s plausibility however isn’t the only positive, with the two leads seemingly giving more subdued, and thoughtful showings than their unrefined past performances.
I will say that I wouldn’t want anyone to read this and think I really recommend Nerve, because it simply isn’t the case. But hopefully in light of my words, you may think more openly before you look bemused and baffled upon a friend who has been to see it.