Plot: A woman has been held captive in a tiny room with her 5-year-old son for years.

Year: 2015

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy.

Absolutely heartbreaking. If you haven’t already seen this film then I suggest getting the tissues ready. I was so close to crying. The story is horrendous but it’s also beautiful. The little boy is amazing. He was a bit annoying at times when they were in the room and his mum was trying to teach him stuff about the world outside of the room but it was understandable. He was born and raised for five years in that room it’s a miracle he knew as much as he did. Joy (Larson) did an excellent job in teaching him everything he knew under the conditions.



It’s not a film about why. It’s about a woman trying her best for her child and reconnecting with her family once they’ve escaped. Once they got out she tried to kill herself which is understandable, she didn’t know how to move on. What she endured in that room was horrific. I really don’t understand how she did it.

Watching them escape and reuniting with the grandmother was really something. This woman had her child ripped away from her and years later, she returns but she returns with a child. The child was conceived two years after Joy was abducted due to her capturer raping her. Once she was out and everyone met Jack, her son, Joy’s father couldn’t even look at him which I totally understood. He would look at Jack and know that his father is a monster who raped his little girl, repeatedly. Of course, it’s going to be hard for him to connect with his grandson. It’s just a messed up situation.


The connection that was made between Joy and Jack in that room is something that will always be there. Their relationship will always be special. What was really harrowing was when they go home to the grandmother’s house and because Jack has been raised in a room he doesn’t know how to walk up and down steps. It’s a truly amazing story. I love daunting films like this because it makes you put everything into perspective and you realise just how lucky you are.

It’s absolutely breathtaking, a must watch for everyone! It’s small scale but so profound and astonishing. This film will stay with you.

Rating: 9/10.


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