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Room (DVD): Review


Room, the name given to the shed in which a young boy has been raised for the past several years, never knowing the outside world.

Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and Ma (Brie Larson) are living in isolation, coming to be in this predicament through the evil deeds of Old Nick (Sean Bridgers). Room tells the story of the confined life these two live, and their struggle to return to the outside world, and rejoin society. As the story progresses, we learn more about how they came to be in this predicament.

At the same time as we learn more about their history, the characters themselves learn more about their own strengths.

Brei Larson delivers a amazing, gut wrenching performance as Ma. A role that earned her an Oscar, a Golden Globe, SAG Award, Critics Choice, BAFTA and ACCA, leaving no doubt about the power of the character of Ma, and the talent used to bring her to life.

Jacob Tremblay too won a Critics Choice Award for his portrayal of Jack, and this is evident with the very complex and layered relationship the two portray on screen.

The story is a plain one, simple, no twists, other than the reveal of why Ma and Jack are in the room. It evokes a lot of emotion, challenging the viewer to reflect on their own life, and how they’d react or act in similar circumstances. But, a simple story that is well executed and directed. Watching the progression of character and the world as the tale unfolds is something to behold.

There are few films that deserve the catch phrase of “must watch”. Room is one such film. This is a must see, a prize example to actors of how to become an character, and a story, whilst a difficult subject to deal with, is one to behold. See it now.


Room is available now, for purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Colours do not bleed, and in the several darker scenes, black is deep and rich.

Users with the necessary hardware or software can scale the image up to a larger or higher resolution screen.


Audio is presented in 5.1 and 2.0 mixes, at a high bitrate. The subject matter, and nature of the story though, do not lend themselves to a large amount of use of the surround channels, but these do serve to broaden the on-screen world, and help draw the viewer further in to the story.


Navigation is comprised of simple, static menu pages, saving on disc space. The menu is easy to navigate.


There are unfortunately no bonus features on the disc, other than trailers for Sonskyn Beperk, The Girl In The Book, and Lego Marvel Avengers.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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