Room ****

IMDB Synopsis: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

“Room” is a harrowing film that will not be soon forgotten. It has stuck with me in the days after I first watched it. I’m not even sure I can watch it a second time because of the emotional punch to the stomach I received during my first viewing. That is by no means a criticism. This is one of the strongest films of 2015.

Brie Larson single handedly gives the best performance of 2015 from any actor or actress period. I can’t even fathom where she could of drew her inspiration from. She gives it her all as a woman who is kidnapped as a teenager and kept in captivity for almost a decade.

Jacob Tremblay plays the child she has during her captivity. Her captor is the father. Tremblay is only 9 years old and is already one of the best child actors of his generation. I am not familiar with his previous work but based on this performance he is going to have a hell of a career.

Be warned that this film takes all your emotions to get through. It is by no means an easy watch. Watching these characters during their captivity is very difficult. Once they escape the second half of them picture shows them adjusting to life outside of the room, which has some uplifting moments but also comes with some emotional trauma.

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