Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and written by Jessica Sharzer, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. The film stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco and Juliette Lewis, and revolves around an online objective truth or dare video game, which allows people to enlist as “players” or “watchers” as the game intensifies.
High school senior Venus “Vee” Delmonico (Emma Roberts) longs to leave her home, Staten Island, for college, but is afraid to tell her mother (Juliette Lewis) about her admission to California Institute of the Arts, as the mother is still grieving from the death of Vee’s brother.
Vee’s friend Sydney (Emily Meade) becomes popular in Nerve: an online reality game where people either enlist online as “players” or pay to watch as “watchers”. Players accept dares from watchers, receiving money rewards. Sydney and her other friends chastise Vee’s unadventurous nature. When Vee refuses to talk to her crush J.P., Sydney approaches J.P. herself and reveals that Vee is interested in him. J.P. rebuffs her, and Vee signs up for Nerve as a player.
The game collects her personal data and explains the three rules: all dares must be recorded on the player’s phone, earned money will be revoked if a player fails or “bails” a dare, and a player must not report the game to law enforcement. In addition, the top two most-watched players will compete in a highly sought-after final round. Her first dare is to kiss a stranger at a diner for five seconds. Vee kisses Ian (Dave Franco), who reveals that he too is a player.
After performing a series of dares, Vee and Ian are among Nerve’s top players. Sydney accepts a dare to walk across a ladder suspended between two buildings. Whilst performing the dare, she drops her phone and bails.
Ian takes Vee to Sydney’s party and Vee catches her in bed with J.P. After arguing with Sydney, Vee receives and completes a dare to finish Sydney’s dare. Vee’s friend Tommy (Miles Heizer) reveals that he was watching Ian’s profile; Ian had accepted a dare to make Vee and Sydney fight. Vee reports the game to the police. As punishment, all money is drained from Vee’s bank account, and her mother’s. She is then attacked by elite player Ty (Machine Gun Kelly).
Ian confesses that he and Ty were players before, until their friend was killed in a dare. When they tried to alert the authorities, their families’ jobs, bank accounts, and identities were confiscated, trapping them in the secret third category of the game: “prisoners”. Vee is now a prisoner too, and only the winner of the final round can regain their identity.
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