Adapted from an award-winning novel by Emma Donoghue, Room begins seven years into the captivity of “Ma” (Brie Larson) and her 5-year old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay). Although Ma remembers the life and people she left behind, Jack’s whole universe is contained within the single room that their kidnapper keeps them in. However, it seems as though their luck may change when Ma finally acts upon the hope she’s been holding onto for all this time.
Unfortunately, as trailers are prone to do these days, far too much of the film’s plot is revealed in this clip – in fact, some may argue there’s no more reason to watch the film anymore. However, it is evident – even from this two-minute snippet – that Room will be a master class in acting. Tremblay’s depiction of Jack’s heart-breaking naivety makes the story all the more poignant, especially because – judging by the trailer’s voice over – it seems as though the director, Lenny Abrahamson, has tried to follow the book’s choice of using Jack’s point of view to narrate the story.
In this trailer, we also manage to glimpse the extreme anguish that Ma faces – a difficult emotion to get right, however Larson’s previous experience on the brilliant Short Term 12 probably left her well-equipped for this. Although it may be a rather hard-hitting film, Room has been generating Oscar buzz since September, when it was first screened at Telluride Film Festival.
See if it lives up to expectation when it is released on 15th January 2016.