Room [2015] ★★½

 room-2015Critics have been praising “Room”- the incredible story of a mother (Brie Larson) and her five year old son (Jacob Tremblay) who have been held captive in a tiny room by a kidnapper- for months now. Once again, I respectfully disagree. While the acting couldn’t be more credible (especially Brie Larson who gives a terrific performance) and the story extremely poignant at times, I was unenthusiastic about the overall result. Normally, I’m a sucker for this kind of movies, which has a great deal of sentiment built into it, but I found it hard to stay emotionally connected with all the characters involved by the time it was over. But because the story itself is absorbing, and because it is well executed by director Lenny Abrahamson, “Room” is still very watchable. A lot of people may have been moved to tears by it, and as much as I wanted to feel the same way, I can’t help but call it a disappointment. Judge for yourself.

Rating: 2.5/4

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