Nerve Book + Movie Comparison Review

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Title: Nerve
Director: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Screenplay by: Jessica Sharzer
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★★★★ (9/10)



A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."


My Review: 

What's Good About It:

Entertaining: Nerve is a well done movie, and it's just plain fun. The camera shots during the dare, the pacing is solid and the plot is good and engrossing throughout. I saw it with a huge crowd at a packed theater and it was incredibly fun and entertaining. 

Completely Different Than The Book: This is something that is usually a bad thing but in this aspect, it's a good thing. Both the novel and the movie have the same concept and same central characters but the plot and the dares are completely different from the novel which I think helped the film. A straight adaptation of the novel to a film wouldn't have translated well into another format.

What's Bad About It:

Messaging: This is the only quip that I had with the movie that the messaging of technology and internet fame wasn't completely honed in throughout the story but this is such a small issue that it really doesn't change how enjoyable the story is. 

Final Thoughts:

Nerve is a solid, summer movie. It's action packed, fun, and I liked the plot and ending just as I liked the original source material. 

Check out my book review for Nerve here.

Read my interview with the author of Nerve, Jeanne Ryan here.

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