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Nerve (2016)

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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."

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Jessica Sharzer (screenplay by), Jeanne Ryan (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Roberts ... Vee
Dave Franco ... Ian
Emily Meade ... Sydney
Miles Heizer ... Tommy
Juliette Lewis ... Nancy
Kimiko Glenn ... Liv
Marc John Jefferies ... Wes
Machine Gun Kelly ... Ty (as Colson Baker)
Brian Marc ... J.P.
Ed Squires ... Chuck
Rightor Doyle ... Bergdorf Salesman
Josh Ostrovsky ... Dirt Beard
Eric D'Alessandro ... Hype Boi
Arielle Vandenberg ... Bergdorf Sales Lady
Jonny Beauchamp ... Gatekeeper
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Storyline

'Nerve' is about an online dare game, in which people give participants anonymous dares for money. The participants compete with each other to win the grand prize as the dares get tougher. Things get worse when the tasks get increasingly dangerous and lives are at stake. Written by Keith Francis

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Are you a watcher or a player? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity-all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nerve: Un juego sin reglas See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,445,456, 31 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,562,379, 2 October 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,003,464, 12 August 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In one of the opening scenes, Vee (Emma Roberts) is "looking at the news" on her computer. On the right side of the news page is an article on James Franco; real-life brother of co-star Dave Franco (Ian). See more »

Goofs

When the leads are driving along the bridge in one shot, approximately ten usernames appear above them, denoting there are watchers in the vicinity. Two of these usernames are clearly identical. See more »

Quotes

Nancy: [On the phone] Tommy money's appearing in Vee's account... are we being hacked?
Tommy: [Over the phone] Normally if you were being hacked money would be going out of her account
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, at 01:28:39 It says "Based on the novel by Jeanne Ryan". They then show the first several paragraphs of Dickens' "Great Expectations". See more »

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Nerve
4 September 2016 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

I found the central concept of Nerve ingenious, and it seems unbelievable that something like that doesn't already exist. However, the screenplay (based on a homonym novel by Jeanne Ryan) loses credibility with an alarming quickness, making the provocative ethic dilemmas of the game become a series of whims designed to generate drama and suspense which rarely feel authentic. Nevertheless, Nerve didn't bore me due to the dynamic direction from Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and the adequate performances from Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. However, as I previously said, Nerve gets increasingly improbable with every new detail revealed. To start with, the game doesn't seem economically sustainable; its creators give away hundreds of dollars, and they must keep a considerable technological infrastructure to satisfy the clients (I guess so), in exchange for relatively cheap subscriptions. And, well, let's not even deal with the theme of the game legality, its omnipotent "data mining" algorithms and the total absence of cops during the most spectacular "feats" of the players (except when they are necessary to complicate the plot, naturally). But even leaving aside the huge logical holes and technological exaggerations, the main problem lies on the reaction the main characters; instead of being realistic characters trapped into an unusual situation, we have pre-fabricated puppets to fill in the requirements of the screenplay. I guess I shouldn't be surprised; a visit to Amazon confirmed the fact that Nerve is based on a "young adult" novel... in other words, it competes in the same market as The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, I Am Number Four, Beautiful Creatures, The Host (2013), The Giver, Warm Bodies, Blood and Chocolate, Jumper and other ones which borrowed fantasy, science fiction or horror concepts in order to add them to simpleton tales with obligatory romantic tangents and wide doses of juvenile drama. Anyway, taking it on its own, I found Nerve moderately entertaining but forgettable, appealing to the digital obsessions of the juvenile audience in order to "connect" on a more emotional level (we already know that life experiences are valid only if they are registered on video or some shape of social network). And we were complaining about Pokemon Go...


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