Sunday, April 23, 2017
I woke up at around 11am, made my breakfast, and turned on the TV, before scrolling through the indie channels, and deciding to watch the teen movie, Nerve, because I remember watching it last month, and it seemed quite disturbing. As I watched it, I noticed it is predictive programming, similar to the real game, Pokemon, where a game played on an iPhone holds teens captive and pushes them to do certain things via mind control. Some of these suggestive tasks are quite deadly or just plain stupid. This game is promoted as living in the present to live an adventurous and fun life, as they compete to win a competition among their peers. It also reminds me of the Hunger Games movies, which are about teenagers competing in a sick, mind control game about being the sole survivor that involves killing others who get in their way. This sole survivor game is similar to many reality shows. In this movie, Nerve, these kids are bored, and they apparently have nothing better to do. That is how these teens are recruited into this game. It is often promoted to hopeless, lonely and bored young people who are looking to have some fun, make some money, and/or to win prizes.
At the end of this movie, the top teens in the game are on stage in front of their fans, and they are pushed to kill each other to win this game. How badly do they want to win? As badly as some celebrities who want to make a lot of money in the media even though they suck? The main character is played by Emma Roberts, and she is similar to Katniss Everdeen of Hunger Games. She thinks this game is sick and stupid, but she is often encouraged to continue playing by a guy she meets in this game who needs her to win. She eventually falls in love with him, but she becomes pissed off that he is using her.
But I turned on the TV on the scene where the main character meets the guy in front of the mall, as he drops her off via his motorcycle to do work on game missions. They go through the mall, and she has to try on a $4000 sequin green dress, which this guy eventually buys for her. She has to get a tattoo, but she doesn’t want to, and the guy creates a tattoo for her, which is a small lighthouse, before stating that the lighthouse symbolizes her dreams coming true. I think this game, Nerve, was like an online job, and these teens are getting paid lots of money to complete certain missions, which are sometimes dangerous and crazy, intended to lead to death or deaths. Like the Hunger Games, it is all about mind control, and controlling people’s mind, via media, to do certain evil or deadly tasks for money, expensive items, and fame. It also reminds me of what many celebrities do in their career in order to get to the top, even though they suck badly.
I don’t watch teen movies anymore, but what got me interested in watching this movie is that I noticed a certain familiarity and similarity with actual situations happening in real life as well as similarity to other movies. It was also a cute romance comedy between two teens. I thought it was interesting that the girl gets a lighthouse tattoo because I have always been into lighthouses, since I was a kid, often dreaming about living in a lighthouse, although I have never really been in one.
It was an interesting movie to watch, although the acting was average, but this movie was created for young people who are looking for something fun to watch rather than watching something deep with meaning. I guess this movie is fun in a twisted way, which leads to a happy ending for the main character because she appears to have become closer to the guy she met in the game and they appear to start planning to continue their relationship as a couple.