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Room (2015)

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Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director:

Lenny Abrahamson

Writers:

Emma Donoghue (screenplay by), Emma Donoghue (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brie Larson ... Ma
Jacob Tremblay ... Jack
Sean Bridgers ... Old Nick
Wendy Crewson ... Talk Show Hostess
Sandy McMaster Sandy McMaster ... Veteran
Matt Gordon ... Doug
Amanda Brugel ... Officer Parker
Joe Pingue ... Officer Grabowski
Joan Allen ... Nancy
Zarrin Darnell-Martin ... Attending Doctor
Cas Anvar ... Dr. Mittal
William H. Macy ... Robert
Jee-Yun Lee Jee-Yun Lee ... News Anchor
Randal Edwards Randal Edwards ... Lawyer
Justin Mader ... FBI Agent
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Storyline

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical--they are trapped--confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. Written by A24

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Survive is only the beginning See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Room See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,335,563, 16 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,677,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,262,783
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jacob Tremblay, though an experienced actor, could not bring himself to yell at Brie Larson in the scene where he is angry about his birthday cake having no candles. Finally, director Lenny Abrahamson had the entire cast and crew start jumping up and down, yelling and screaming until he was able to do it himself. See more »

Goofs

The police cars say Akron Police Department and cars have Ohio license plates, but just about every scene that's outdoors in a non-residential area has recognizable Toronto landmarks (e.g. Nathan Phillips Square, Apache Burger, Victoria Mills silos, Prince Edward [Bloor] Viaduct). Also, Akron has 15 buildings that are over 150 feet tall, but the view from the hospital window has about 30 skyscrapers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ma: Ssh. Go back to sleep.
Jack: [reciting to himself] Once upon a time, before I came, you cried and cried and watched TV all day, until you were a zombie. But then I zoomed down from heaven, through skylight, into Room. Whoosh-pshew! And I was kicking you from the inside. Boom, boom! And then I shot out onto Rug with my eyes wide open, and you cutt-ed the cord and said, "Hello, Jack!"
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In the "Special Thanks to" part of the credit, there's the name of Jack White, the guitarist and vocalist of the band The White Stripes, a poster of which can be seen in a scene in Joy's bedroom. See more »

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Campfire
Written and Performed by Jon Hopkins
Published by Domino Publishing Company Ltd and Notting Hill Music o/b/o Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd
All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Domino Recording Company Ltd
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Beautiful, moving, intense
16 September 2016 | by jamesthecat-67828See all my reviews

I haven't seen a genuinely emotional, smart, non-manipulative, heart- felt drama in a loooong time. Brie Larson deservedly won an Oscar for her performance in this, but Room should've swept the board in every category.

The film centres on a Mother and her five year old son, living inside just four walls, and it slowly transpires that she has been held captive for seven years, and had a child by her kidnapper. She creates a world for her son within their confines, not telling him the truth about their situation and what's outside until he's old enough to understand. After failed escape attempts in the past, but now with the help of her son, she gives freedom another try.

There were moments in Room that were so intense that I barely breathed. It never feels inauthentic, and thanks to incredible acting, it's always believable. If you want a straight-up thriller of 'bad guy commits crime, bad guy gets comeuppance', you'll be disappointed. This is about human resilience, the bond between Mother and child, selflessness, and finding your place in the world after having your understanding of it flipped upside down.


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