Nerve, 2016

This 2016 American thriller-adventure film, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (written by Jessica Sharzer) is based on a 2012 novel ‘Nerve’ by Jeanne Ryan. This film revolves around a secret online game of ‘truth or dare, without the truth’ which allows people to enlist as ‘players’ or ‘watchers’ as the game escalates. Performing a dare and filming it on your profile in the game allows you to receive cash – the riskier the dare, the more cash you receive.

The game collects personal data and explains three rules:

  1. All dares must be recorded on the player’s phone
  2. Earned money will be revoked in a player bails on or fails the dare
  3. A player must not report the game to law enforcement ‘or else’ 


This film stars Emma Roberts as the main protagonist and player of Nerve (Venus “Vee”  Delmonico), Dave Franco as Vee’s partner, fellow player, and lover in Nerve (Ian/Sam), Machine Gun Kelly (Ty) a fellow player and Ian’s old friend, Miles Hiezer (Tommy) one of Vee’s friends who has a crush on her and is a hacker, Emily Meade (Sydney) one of Vee’s friends, as well as Kimiko Glenn (Liv) another one of her friends.

After Vee’s friend Sydney humiliates her in front of her crush, Vee signs up for Nerve and meets Ian and competes with him because of her ‘watchers’ liking them together. Throughout the film, they do dares together, including getting tattoos and driving blindfolded, but are competing against Ty in the Top 10 Leaderboards – everyone wants to be number 1 and the top 2 go to The Finals.


Consequences rain upon Vee when she tries to tell the police about Nerve, and her earnings, as well as her mother’s account are drained.

During The Finals, which takes place in an abandoned stadium, Vee and Ian are against each other and are both given guns. The dare is ‘Shoot your opponent’. Ian offers to throw the competition, but Ty steps up to take Ian’s place. Vee criticizes the watchers and tells them that they are all cowards and they should have ‘nerve’ to show their masked faces. A vote is cast and Ty is forced to shoot Vee.

Meanwhile, Tommy and his hackers decrypt the watcher’s codenames who voted to shoot Vee and sends them a message through the Nerve system saying ‘You are an accessory to murder’ and all watchers are logged out, shutting down Nerve’s system. 

Vee is revealed to be unharmed and that she and Ty staged her murder to shut down the servers. All money is restored to her mother’s account and everyone’s identities are restored. Ian reveals that his real name is Sam and the pair become a couple.

I think this movie packs a very important message about internet safety and that with improper use, it can conquer your life in more than one way. I liked it partially as well because I love and respect both Dave and Emma as actors as well as the directors (Henry and Ariel) and this was definitely and must-see for me.

Nerve earns a 4/5 from me and is available on DVD to purchase.





Erin Brockovich, 2000

Erin Brockovich, released in 2000, is a critically acclaimed biographical film that dramatises the true story of Erin Brockovich, who fought against the corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant, Julia Roberts takes on the role of Erin, an unemployed single mother with three children who becomes injured in a car accident and seeks a lawyer. After hard work and time, she then exposes the multi-billion-dollar corporation for their wrongdoings.

Erin Brockovich

The story begins when Erin comes across a real estate case document where the major company, PG&E, offers to purchase the home of a Hinkley, California resident, Donna Jensen, and is surprised to see medical records along with the real estate information. She investigates further and eventually gathers that everyone in Hinkley has a history of serious medical problems surrounding the poisonous chromium being leaked into the drinking water.

Erin and her law firm gather and persuade all 634 plaintiffs to sign paperwork to arrange a disposition. The judge orders PG&E to pay a settlement of $333 million to be distributed among the plaintiffs. And for Donna Jensen, who suffered a long life of pain and hospital visits, is awarded $5 million to pay for anything that she may need for her family, herself, and medical expenses.


While watching this, I felt an overwhelming desire to cheer and praise Brockovich, because in a way, she reminds me of my own mother. She’s tough, she fights for what she believes in, and she doesn’t take any shit from anybody. Not to mention juggling children and her career. My mom had me at a young age and managed to raise me and get a double Major and a Minor in University, as well as her Masters degree in Education.

I think that Erin Brockovich is an inspiring true story that makes me believe that there are people in this world that do actually care. They believe in what’s right and challenge those who don’t. This movie earns a full 5 stars from me, it was absolutely phenomenal.

Erin Brockovich is available to watch on Netflix.

Lovelace, 2013

Lovelace, released in 2013, is a biographical drama film about porn actress Linda Boreman (better known as Linda Lovelace) who was the star of the 1972 film Deep Throat.

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, this 2013 film depicts her life from the age of 20 to 32. The main characters include Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, Peter Sarsgaard as her abusive husband Chuck Traynor, Sharon Stone as Linda’s mother Dorothy Boreman, Robert Patrick as Linda’s father John Boreman, and Juno Temple as Linda’s best friend Patsy.


The relationship of Chuck and Linda consume the film, but are portrayed twice; once through the eyes of Chuck, where Linda’s life seems glamorous, exciting, and perfect as she becomes a worldwide phenomenon, and once through the eyes of Linda, where Chuck’s violence is gradually exposed and her life is revealed to not as amazing and perfect as it seemed in his eyes.

Linda attempts to escape the violence and pain by going home to her mother, but her mothers turns her away and tells her that that’s what “being a good wife” involves and that she needs to uphold the duties of a “good woman”.

Now, fast forward six years, Linda divorced Chuck and married again as well as moved to Long Island and published her autobiography Ordeal, which details the mental and sexual abuse Chuck put her through as well as taking all of her earnings.

While watching this, I couldn’t help but sympathise and pity Linda. There’s the starting image of her as an innocent and responsible young adult but slowly but surely declines into what Chuck has made her into what he wanted. Be that as it may, I actually really enjoyed this film because I think this speaks out in a very interesting yet effective way about how the porn industry actually is. With movies like this – the ones that are actually based on a true story that makes you feel such powerful feelings – I find that afterwards, while the credits roll, I just sit there and think about what I just watched.

“She was such a strong woman for coming out of this a new woman, who then became happy again”

I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars, because I think that it really made the audience sympathise with her and really pulled everyone’s heart strings.

Lovelace is available to watch on Netflix.