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Published on January 3rd, 2017 | by voxx



Truth or dare. Remember that fun game you used to play with your friends? You could choose to be a risk taker and pick ‘dare’ to face performing an embarrassing challenge, or you could choose the safer option of truth to answer a question about yourself.

Well, imagine if the option of truth vanished and you were now only left with the question – “Are you a watcher or a player?”

‘Nerve’ is a tense thriller film based on and named after the 2012 novel by Jeanne Ryan. It focuses on the power of the internet through the popularity of the online dare game ‘Nerve’, where by completing a dare, participants can win money.

The player may complete multiple rounds where the tougher the dare, the higher the reward. The watchers are anonymous and track the player’s every move, setting and recording their challenges to see if they bail or fail.

The film features well-known actress, Emma Roberts and bad neighbour’s star, Dave Franco. Roberts, who plays ‘Vee’, a once vulnerable and innocent high school girl, chooses to be a player in the game to show her friends that she isn’t stuck living in their shadow. But when performing a dare, she stumbles across Ian (Franco), and the two set out on a wild adventure tackling numerous nail-biting dares to win big cash prizes.

Although it’s one of those films that you watch peeping through your fingers, it also features some elements of love and friendship as the daunting dares bring people closer together, but also force some to grow further apart.

The film also puts an emphasis on the ‘watchers’, whose actions highlight the dangers of social media. It sheds light on the issue of online peer pressure by showing those hiding behind their phones and encouraging dangerous and life threatening tasks, purely for their own entertainment.

Nerve is fast-paced, exciting and adrenaline packed, but also insightful and eye-opening to the truths and terrors of social media. If you want to see truth or dare played like you’ve never seen it before, then I dare you to watch.

- By Phoebe Jobling

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