Nerve is a dizzyingly of-the-moment good time, a dystopian meet-cute in present-day New York.
It gets off on the highwire fun of living on a digital dare and then pisses away its provocations by lecturing us with a metaphorical take on social media as an STD. What a buzz kill.
Nerve looks fabulous and the pace is evenly adrenalized, which makes up for clich�d characters, a concocted premise and commentary that is a bit on the nose ...
"Nerve" is sharp looking and delivers real jolts, even if the climax pushes things a bit far and wraps up too easily. Or maybe it's an accurate look at what'll happen when "Nerve" becomes real?
Like one of its daredevils hanging one-handed from skyscraper scaffolding, Nerve mostly manages to maintain its precarious balance of pulpy suspense and social commentary.
Joost and Schulman use nearly every trick imaginable to keep Nerve's energy at a consistently high level and to give it a visual uniqueness.
If it collapses in the end by going dark and also bonkers and bringing in hackers ex machina to clean up its mess, well, directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost can say they did it for the feels.
The sharpest, wildest and most unpredictable thriller I've seen this year ...
An enjoyable teen flick about the glamour and danger of the internet.