Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger [Dave Franco], the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
When I first saw the trailer for Nerve, a month ago, I was really excited for it. It seemed really interesting to me. And it stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. Dave Franco! So of course, I looked it up and after a little digging found out it was adapted from a YA book.
After reading the book (my thoughts on Nerve by Jeanne Ryan), I can see why I didn’t know it was adapted from a book right from the beginning.
A lot of times, the trailers for adaptations include a line like “based of [insert book name here], but Nerve didn’t have that. It wasn’t being marketed as an adaptation. And if you read the book, it’s kind of obvious why.
Based off the trailer, I don’t think the movie will stay true to the book at all. Besides borrowing the characters and the concept, along with the general plot, in that three minute clip, I can already spot so many differences. None of the dares featured in the trailer were included in the book.
Putting that aside, I think what really intrigued me about the film is that it’s unrealistic, but in a realistic way. Does that make sense? Based on the trailer along (and discarding everything I read in the book), I feel like the movie won’t happen in real life, but it’s easy to imagine it actually taking place. The trailer also makes it feel like so many of my favorite movies mashed together. An interesting combination.
I’m still interested in watching Nerve. Because Dave Franco! But I think going in, I’ll be looking at it as more of a broader adaptation. I have high expectations for it as a movie, but low expectations as an adaptation.