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Room Blu-ray Review

Room Blu-ray

“Room” is essential viewing.

“Room” is one of those films that works best knowing as little as possible. Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue (who also penned the screenplay), the film tells the story of a mother (Joy) and her son (Jack) being held captive by a psychotic man (Old Nick) in a shed. That’s really all you need to know. Granted, you can probably predict where the story will go or have seen trailers hinting at certain things, but following the journey of the characters is what makes this film such a moving experience.

I could spend all day describing “Room” as inspiring, touching, heartbreaking, terrifying, intense, claustrophobic, tear-jerking because it is all of these things and so much more. It’s a truly emotionally complex psychological story of survival, family, and adjustment. Yes, it’s a tough watch to be sure. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself choking back tears on more than one occasion. However, director Lenny Abrahamson’s film is so powerful and engrossing that it’s worth enduring the discomfort.

There were a lot of great performances in 2015, but I’d wager that “Room” featured the best acting of any film last year. By now, I’m sure most folks know that Brie Larson is amazing in this film as she deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actress. Her portrayal of a young woman whose life was essentially taken away from her is so raw and real. Not to be forgotten here is her co-star (Jacob Tremblay) who easily delivers one of the best performances by a child actor in cinema history. I imagine it would be hard for anyone (no matter how experienced an actor they may be) to play the role of a person whose world was a small room, but Tremblay is entirely convincing here. His confusion and inner conflict of trying to come to terms with the outside world is the heart of the film. You really see the film from his POV.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The moody and effective cinematography shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? I have no complaints with this track. The DTS track has zero problem handling this largely dialogue driven film.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “Making Room” contains film clips, interviews, and discussions about the themes, novel, and more.
* “11×11”- A fascinating featurette about the production design of the room.
* “Recreating Room”- A bonus feature about how the room set was rebuilt for an exhibit.
* A not so exciting commentary by Lenny Abrahamson, Danny Cohen, Nathan Nugent and Ethan Tobman.

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March 9, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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