You log in to your computer. You see Facebook notifications. Before you click, your best friend calls you on Skype and asks if you have seen the new latest app. You check out this apparently cooler than “truth or dare” app while at the same time troll that cute person on Facebook.

That is the first 5 minutes of Nerve, a fast paced movie about a young teen girl named Vee (Emma Roberts) who gets convinced by her friends to try out a the latest cool new app. The app has watchers and players. Players are dared to do something in real life by watchers in exchange for cash deposited instantly in their accounts. Watchers pay online for Players to do something daring. A nerve event is only valid if recorded from the player’s camera.

“Are you a watcher or a player?”

Vee meets Ian (Dave Franco), another player, and together they get dared to do almost everything, starting from the ordinary – kiss him! – to riding a bike at 60 miles per hour blind folded!

You will be constantly entertained with a cool ensemble cast and the bright lights in New York city. Nerve also centers around the dark web, showing how underground things operate on the internet – which is something that is happening right now, e.g. like the sale of Yahoo passwords 🙂

A smooth adrenaline rush, the story is emotional and has it’s nail biting moments. There are scenes towards the end where the acting could have been better, but overall, this is one of the best movies of 2016, you have to watch this one.

Rated 8.5 out of 10 for superb visuals and fast paced emotional drama


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