Double Dare You
Vee (Emma Roberts - Scream 4) has always been in the shadow of her out going, some would say insecure, friend Sydney (Emily Meade - Trespass) who has started playing the online game "Nerve" where you take part in dares with the aim to be the most watched. When Sydney ends up humiliating Vee, it causes her to snap and on a whim she signs up to "Nerve" and under takes her first dare which introduces her to Ian (Dave Franco - Now You See Me 2). Whilst Vee's friends and her mum begin to worry, Vee along with Ian end up on a dare filled night to remember which sees the stakes raised as Vee discovers exactly how dangerous "Nerve" can be.
It is now just three hours since I watched "Nerve" and admittedly I enjoyed watching it but then I strangely find myself now at a loss as to what to say about it. You see we have this storyline which centres on Vee and Ian participating in a lot of dares which escalate when it comes to the risk factor. We have one friend who fears she is in trouble, another friend who is insecure and wants attention, a mother who is concerned and of course a mystery as to who is behind the Nerve game. But beyond watching a series of escalating dares there is very little depth to this movie with those subplots ending up distractions which really don't go anywhere, or at least anywhere significant enough to add depth to the movie.
The thing about "Nerve" is that it is a well made movie so those dares do grab your attention. So does the mystery as you wonder how the movie will end and if anyone will walk away from this game of dare. Plus the pairing of Emma Roberts and Dave Franco work well together as Vee and Ian even if you would struggle to think of their character names unless I had just told you them. There simply isn't a lot of substance to any part of "Nerve" but that doesn't really sink in till after you have finished watching and look past on the bells and whistles of some visual tricks.
What this all boils down to is that "Nerve" is one of those rollercoaster ride movies which are entertaining when you watch them but don't leave a lasting impression as afterwards you realise there is very little substance to the movie.