Nerve (2016)

dir. Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Nerve seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that it’s an episode of Black Mirror. Sadly, it doesn’t remotely measure up to Black Mirror, not even one of the bad ones. The general premise of “what if social media, but bad” is taken to extremes that require way too much suspension of disbelief. There’s a huge concentration of people all in the same city willing to do stupid dares for money, and there’s a huge concentration of people all in the same city willing to pay money to watch other strangers perform stupid dares. Nerve tries to flip it on its head with a so-called “twist”, but the annoying characters and incredibly low-stakes plot make it difficult to care. It’s just pretty dumb.

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