Few deep summer offerings surprised as pleasantly as Henry Joost and Ariel’s Schulman’s “Nerve” did this past July. A social media-centric actioner about a pair of attractive teens (Emma Roberts and Dave Franco) who got pulled into the wild world of online gaming via a nefarious app that pushes its players to extremes while its watchers dabble in increasingly inhumane asks, “Nerve” is relentlessly entertaining and even occasionally thought-provoking (our own David Ehrlich called it “‘Pokemon Go’ meets David Fincher’s ‘The Game'” in his review, which is an entirely fair assessment).
Bolstered by Franco and Roberts’ winning chemistry and a fun, fast-paced script, it’s eye candy for the Twitter Era — pretend that’s a thing — and one heck of a summer sleeper. The film also provided Roberts the chance to go way outside her comfort zone, just like her character Venus (AKA Vee).
Initially gun-shy about participating in Nerve, the hottest-thing-ever-OMG game that has consumed most of her social circle, Vee eventually gives in and goes whole hog on this “dares from strangers for money on the internet” thing, learning a whole lot about herself in the process. It’s a classic coming-of-age tale, albeit one that involves ill-advised motorcycling riding, prowling a department store in nothing but underoos, and a challenge involving a rickety ladder that any sane person would happily turn down.
So why was Roberts perfect for the role? In a new behind-the-scenes clip from the film’s upcoming home video release, co-directors Joost and Schulman, along with Roberts and fellow stars Franco, Emily Meade and Miles Heizer, explain how Roberts brought her own charm to the film, finding herself in a part that allowed the long-time actress the chance to explore something totally new: Being an action star.
“Nerve” hits Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25. Check out our exclusive behind the scenes clip below.