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The Immaculate Room

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense experiment about trapped couple; language, violence.

Movie R 2022 92 minutes
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While it doesn't go as far or dig as deep as it might have, this tense drama still has interesting ideas and vivid visual schemes, as well as strong performances. The design for The Immaculate Room is everything you could hope for. The room is vast, with nothing but a bed, a little nook for the doorway, and a separate bathroom (food, or, rather, goopy life-sustaining liquid, is delivered at mealtimes). It's oppressive in its whiteness, and the movie takes on a whole different tone after Mike's beautiful, eerie green artwork adorns the walls. Hirsch and Bosworth provide the movie's beating heart, adding just the right amount of energy to the still surroundings.

You can't help wishing that they had come more mentally prepared for the boredom -- their "this'll be a piece of cake" attitude at the start is laughable. And the twists in the third act feel a little too cursory, a little too easy; the characters become less human and more like pawns of the screenplay. As The Immaculate Room wraps up, it feels like it isn't really about much more than money and how it corrupts. Even so, it generates a certain amount of suspense with its simple question: How long can they last, and, perhaps more importantly, how long would we, the viewers, last? It's an OK effort, but it's a shame that The Immaculate Room had to cut corners.

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