Based on the book by Jeanne Ryan, Nerve follows the story of a high schooler named Vee (Emma Roberts). She's great at photography, but when it comes to the rest of her life, she just sort of plays everything safe, never taking any risks and doing everything by the book. Her best friend Sydney (Emily Meade) introduces her to an online game called Nerve. You sign up as either a watcher or a player, the players getting money to complete dangerous, adrenaline filled dares. While completing her first dare, Vee runs into a fellow player, Ian (Dave Franco), and the two pair up to complete a number of dares. Soon, however, things take a dangerous turn as the Nerve game attempts to intervene with their lives, and without spoiling what goes down, the game begins to manipulate their every move, both inside and outside of the game.
The concept behind Nerve is fun, unique and fits perfectly on the big screen, and we have author Jeanne Ryan to thank for that. The idea of Nerve represents a lot more than just another dumb computer game, and the film explores these ideas rather well, showcasing both important issues and adrenaline fuelled adventure. There are some pulse pounding moments, as well as some predictable, but still intriguing plot twists. Nothing really comes out of the blue, but when it happens, it's neat to watch, even if you do know how it's ultimately going to be resolved.
However, as believable as their relationship was, the rest of the film... not so much. The whole film relies on so many different pieces that just make no sense, and the fact that the characters go along with all of it is just ridiculous. The performances are good, don't get me wrong, but what they're actually physically doing just makes no sense. Oh, this app gained access to all of your bank details and is watching you 24/7 and has seen everything you've ever typed into a computer and you're cool with it? I mean, fair enough, I guess. Each to their own. Don't be surprised when something very, very bad happens to your personal belongings.
When we get to the third act, the stupidity of everything was going overboard. Everything is done in very public areas with police and civilians surrounding all of the main characters, and there's some really big, noticeable things that happen that nobody sees as being noticeable or a big deal. People wearing balaclava's on trains and buses? Pfft nothing to be worried about, and that's really the only non-spoilery thing I can tell you, but trust me, there's so many more leaps in logic than just that, especially with certain character reveals that happen towards the finale.