Arts

Independent film tops box office charts

Tyler Ganis, Staff Writer

SPOILER ALERT!

What if your world was no bigger than a small room?

In the Academy-nominated movie, “Room,” based on a novel by Emma Donaghue, a woman and her son are stuck in a room, the size of a dorm, with one skylight, for seven years.

Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, “Room,” is an independent drama that has gone from the bottom to the top. Larson, who plays the main character, Joy, won multiple awards for her outstanding performance, including an Academy Award for Best Actress. “Room” was nominated for three additional Academy Awards this year including Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Writing with adapted screenplay.

In the film, Joy (Larson) is held captive for seven years in a shed she calls Room, after being abducted at seventeen by a man she calls, “Old Nick,” (Sean Bridgers). For five of her years, her son, Jack (Tremblay), joins her, sharing only basic necessities, like a bed, television, bathtub, toilet and the bare minimums of a kitchen. Joy tells Jack that Room is the whole world, and for five years, he believes that the rest of the world is in the television: this is all he knows.

Despite Old Nick’s sexual abuse and her confinement in Room, Joy’s spirits are lifted by her son’s fascination with the world, like the sun and the shadows, a mouse, and even the vapor of his breath on a cold day.

“Room” forces you to happily pay attention throughout the non-stop, action-packed two hours. The film leaves you nervous in your seat as you never truly know what is going to happen. Be sure to go out and “Room” while it is still in theatres – I highly recommend this phenomenal film.

Photo courtesy of thelifestylereport.ca

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