The Official Trailer for Room
Room is a very important novel in the Man Booker Prize archives of shortlists and longlists. Inspired by a real-life story of a young woman, who was imprisoned by her father in the basement for many years, and how he fathered several children with her, in the process, this is a dark and absorbing tale of limited visions. The protagonist in the book is Jack. Jack lives in a room with his mother (Ma) and the room is both comfortable and tiny. He has never known anything else in his life, apart from the contents in the room and the two people who live there.
Ma does not have the means to provide Jack with the life he craves so he makes her son believe that the outside world is only real on television. Ma works very hard to keep her son mentally happy and physically healthy, giving him a good selection of food, watching over his television-binging habits and also posing as a worrywart over his upkeeping of day-to-day life choices, such as brushing your teeth and looking after your skin. Jack knows one other person in his life: his mother’s rapist, Old Nick.
Nick visits the two only at night, when Jack is sound asleep hidden inside a wardrobe, so he never actually gets the chance to talk much with him. Nick brings them regular food and the required amenities, and Jack still does not know that the two have been prisoned inside the room, since the last seven years, after Ma was kidnapped at the age of nineteen. When Jack has turned five, Ma discovers that Old Nick is unemployed for six months now, and is at a peril of losing the roof over his head.
Terrified that Nick will kill them before he sets them free, Ma hatches a plan to save her family. Ma convinces Nick her son has a terminal illness and eventually tells Nick he has died. Jack is wrapped up in a rug, with the idea implanted in his head by his mother, that he must seek help, once he is out of that door. That is just what Jack does, even though the outside world now seems disturbingly new to him.
After stints at mental hospitals, temporary homes, moral and legal justice cases over what they had to go through all this time in near-solitary confinement, the duo try to heal from the wounds and adjust to the new world but do so very badly. Ma tries to commit suicide but recovers from it, so the two then start to live in a new building complex, and their “happily ever after” finally unfolds after emotionally detaching themselves from the sordid experiences felt at Room, all these years, following a visit, that posed as one of the biggest challenges to them.
The film adaptation remains true to the storyline and has been produced by Film 4. Room is set to be interesting because it must feel so refreshing to be completely devoid of comfortable human emotions and begin a new life, as if it is your very first day on Earth, after all these terrible experiences in isolation and a life-that-had-not-yet-been-lived-like-it-was-supposed-to, finally. It is never too late to start improving!