R | | Drama, Thriller
Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
In some scenes in Joy's teenage bedroom, a poster from the famous band Radiohead's OK Computer album era is shown. The poster reads the lyrics of a track from OK Computer, "Fitter Happier", in which a robotic voice speaks about "modern human" in an ironic and criticizing way, and ends with the lines "fitter, happier, and more productive, a pig, in a cage, on antibiotics". There's also a illustration of Thom Yorke, vocalist of the band, on the wall behind Joy's bed.
Ssh. Go back to sleep.
Jack: Once upon a time, before I came, you cried and cried and watched TV all day, until you were a zombie. But then I zoomed down from heaven, through skylight, into Room. Whoosh-pshew! And I was kicking you from the inside. Boom, ...
The police cars say Akron Police Department and cars have Ohio license plates, but just about every scene that's outdoors in a non-residential area has recognizable Toronto landmarks (e.g. Nathan Phillips Square, Apache Burger, Victoria Mills silos, Bloor Street Bridge). Also, Akron has 15 buildings that are over 150 feet tall, but the view from the hospital window has about 30 skyscrapers.
In the "Special Thanks to" part of the credit, there's the name of Jack White, the guitarist and vocalist of the band The White Stripes, a poster of which can be seen in a scene in Joy's bedroom.
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