Room movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The plot implies that a 17-year-old girl is kidnapped, raped and gives birth to a child, with Room featuring their escape from ‘room’ and entrance back into the real world. It is very mature, traumatic and heavy .


After being held captive for seven long years in a garden shed, a woman and her 5-year-old son manage to escape the enclosed space and return to the community, allowing the boy to experience the world for the very first time and the woman to adjust back to society.

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Movie details

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, William H. Macy, Wendy Crewson
Writer: Emma Donoghue
Release Date (Australia): 28 January 2016
Runtime: 118 minutes/1h 58m
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, Ireland, UK, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains mature themes including a man kidnapping, raping and holding a teenage girl hostage, resulting in the birth of a baby and untreated injuries. Thematic elements include implied rape scenes and a suicide attempt.

Violence (M)

There are scenes in which a man implicitly rapes a young woman and the man strangling the young woman.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains occasionally aggressive use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (G)

There is a very mild drug reference.

Nudity (G)

The silhouette of a nude woman showering is viewed.

Sex (M)

The film contains scenes of implied sexualised violence.

mpaa rating

R (for language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This adaptation of Room’s magnificent screenwriting, award-deserving performances, visual tones and frequent emotions only increase the heaviness and intensity of the original novel. Although it doesn’t actually display the horrific violence and rapes implied, it’s still equally as upsetting and unpleasant as most movies that do depict rough content are, if not more. It’s beautiful and moving, but it’s also painful.

Themes in the film centre on the kidnapping and rape of a 17-year-old girl, but that’s only implied by the plot, not shown. Room’s first half actually displays Ma and her young son being held captive for several years, before they attempt an escape plan which gratefully results in triumph. That’s usually where most stories end, though. Room’s second half is even more dramatic and emotionally intense than the claustrophobic and also thrilling first half. It goes on to depict these characters adjusting back to the world, with the 5-year-old not knowing anyplace more than ‘room’.

Brie Larson stages many different emotions through the imprisonment, arguments, parenting and coping. But she’s not the only star. Jacob Tremblay is more than outstanding in his exceedingly lifelike child role. Lenny Abrahamson’s execution also takes a deeply heavy look into being the victim of the horrendous crime. In our perspectives, we’d want to hear all about the story on the news, but this film takes the chance to consider the depressing emotions and trauma.

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