October 16th, 2015



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After 5-year old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.5/10 (697 voted)

Critic's Score: 78/100

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. 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 windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which 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.

Writers: Emma Donoghue, Emma Donoghue

Brie Larson - Ma
Jacob Tremblay - Jack
Sean Bridgers - Old Nick
Wendy Crewson - Talk Show Hostess
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 - News Anchor
Randal Edwards - Lawyer
Justin Mader - FBI Agent

Taglines: Love knows no boundaries


Official Website: Official site

Country: Ireland, Canada

Language: English

Release Date: 16 October 2015

Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Did You Know?

The book upon which this film is based was inspired by the real life cases of Jaycee Dugard and Elisabeth Fritzl, both of whom were kidnapped and held captive in hidden rooms for more than 18 years. Both women became pregnant by their captors and had children in captivity. See more »


User Review


Rating: 9/10

At the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival the film "ROOM" won the People's Choice Award today. It tells a story of a young woman and her five year old son who have been held in captivity in a confined and windowless living space for six years. Brie Larson stars as Ma and her son named Jack is played by Jacob Tremblay who is so believable that you will feel empathetic towards their captivity but relief as to how Ma convinces Jack that their little world is real and is wonderful.

As Jack grows he starts to ask questions about their isolated lifestyle and we the audience anticipate that Ma must try and escape with young Jack but how?

The story draws similarities to the actual events that were Jaycee Lee Dugard's true life story which occurred on June 10, 1991, in South Lake Tahoe, California. Dugard was 11 years old at the time she was abducted from a street while she was walking from home to a school bus stop and she was held captive for the next 18 years in a concealed back yard in a make shift shed. There is also some resemblance to the kidnapping of Amanda Berry who had a child fathered by her kidnapper Ariel Castro. This film was titled Cleveland Abduction and it was released in 2015. It tells the true story of three girls who were held captive for over 10 years by Ariel Castro in his home with no one aware how close the girls were to their own homes and families.

The film Room focuses more on Jack and Ma's adjustment to life outside of their captivity of their room which was their entire world for the past six years. There is a strong supporting cast including performances such as Joan Allen's role as Jack's Grandma and the ever convincing all-star William H Macy as Grandpa. It is a story of fear, hopelessness and hope and most importantly a film about redemption and family bond. I give the film a 9 out of 10 rating.


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