This looks like fun. “A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of ‘watchers’.”
Sure, it’s been done before. There’s The Hunger Games, obviously, but movies about life-or-death competitions as the basis for “reality” TV programming even pre-date the arrival of actual TV shows like Survivor. Take Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1987 The Running Man, which was set in the then distant future.
“In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications.”
—from the film’s synopsis
Hmmm. I wonder who won the 2016 election in that movie?
It looks like Nerve updates the story by moving it from TV to New Media. The film stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, and it will be released on 27 July 2016.
A Sign That Nerve Might Strain Credibility
In our first look at Dave Franco, he’s reading Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. I’d have no problem if it were James Franco, but Dave Franco never struck me as a Bloomsbury type.
That’s the only element in the trailer that I found even slightly unbelievable.