A24 has released a new trailer for Room. Based on the bestselling 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson’s thriller follows five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who doesn’t realize that he and his mother (Brie Larson) are captive in a windowless prison they come to know simply as “Room.” Jack’s mother does her best to convince him that this tiny space is their entire world, but when his curiosity grows too strong, she devises a plan to break them out of their confinement.
For a film that has a premise as bleak and inhuman as a mother and her child being confined in an inescapable room, this trailer certainly leans in a hopeful direction. I fully expected to spend the bulk of this peek into Room trapped within the room itself, but this trailer actually seems to more or less pick up from the previously released teaser, and does so with a lot more room to breathe. The new cut doesn’t feel nearly as tense, nor does it bring about the same sense of impending doom, but it does promise another fantastic performance from Larson, and a noteworthy installment in Tremblay’s very young career.
Be sure to check out Brian’s review of Room as part of his Telluride Diary series. The film will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening in New York and L.A. on October 16th. Room also stars Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy. Check out the Room trailer below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Room:
ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12, TRAINWRECK). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. ROOM also stars three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® nominee William H. Macy.
At once a taut narrative of captivity and freedom, an imaginative trip into the wonders of childhood, and a profound portrait of a family’s bonds and fortitude, ROOM is a beautifully transcendent experience based on the award-winning global bestseller by Emma Donoghue. Director Lenny Abrahamson (FRANK) remains faithful to the novel while bringing Jack, Ma and their entirely singular world to heart-pounding and intensely cinematic life. ROOM demonstrates the triumphant power of familial love even in the darkest of circumstances, and is sure to take its place among the most emotionally affecting films to ever explore the bond between parents and children.