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Room

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Room by Emma Donoghue

Room

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
113 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/16/15
performer:
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, William H. Macy
director:
Lenny Abrahamson
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

Jack, a 5-year-old boy ?securely attached to his mother, narrates his story in Emma Donoghue’s riveting novel Room: Such a story, such a mother! Jack’s room — the only universe the boy has ever known — is actually a locked garden shed, built by the psychopath who abducted Jack’s Ma seven years ago when she was 19. ”Outside” is only a concept. Yet inside, Jack’s Ma has created a nurturing routine. Every day after lunch and nap, for instance, the two scream. Then they shush and listen. ”I asked Ma once what we’re listening for and she said just in case you never know.”

Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflect the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother — and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11. A–

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