Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Review: 'Room' Is Dark but Illuminating

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Review: 'Room' Is Dark but Illuminating

Article excerpt

Jack (Jacob Tremblay) should be in grade school making fun of teachers, getting into trouble, experiencing his first crush.

Instead, he's in the only place he's ever known, and which he has never left. He calls it Room, because that's what it is. Jack spends his days with Ma (Brie Larson), who was kidnapped years ago and, until he was born, was trapped in Room alone.

Jack is skeptical when Ma tells him that there's a world beyond Room even though a man regularly slips through the door and sleeps with her. A man whom Ma forbids to touch Jack.

Ma struggles to accept being in Room, but still hopes to escape. And her son is essential to her plans. What if she told their captor that Jack is in dire need of medical attention? What if he believed her, and took Jack to the hospital, and Jack screamed for help? Could that work?

Maybe, maybe not. But Ma has nothing better to do with her time than come up with similar scenarios and await the chance to put them into action. …

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