What do Josef Fritzl, Ariel Castro, and Old Nick have in common? It is the fact that they all kidnapped young women, placed them in a room, imprisoned them there for a number of years, raped and starved them, but were eventually caught and convicted to life imprisonment. The only difference is that Fritzl and Castro are real people, while Old Nick is a fictional character from Emma Donoghue’s novel, Room.
which was subsequently made into a film with the same title. Donoghue’s book was also inspired by the Fritzl case – he kept his own daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her.Watching the film Room, one can’t help but recall the shocking stories of Fritzl and Castro, and the ordeal that the women they kidnapped had to go through.
Room introduces us to Ma (Brie Larson) and her son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who just turned five years-old. The room is actually a shed on the backyard of Old Nick’s compound. We learn that Ma is actually Joy Newman who has been in that shed for seven years. When she was seventeen, she was tricked by Old Nick that his dog fell down somewhere and that it needed help. She helped him, but as a result she got trapped.
She eventually got pregnant, but she decided to keep her child claiming later in an interview that her son is nobody’s but hers. She has developed a certain co-existence with her captor because he brings necessary items like food and clothes for survival, but for her son, Old Nick is someone you had better stay away from and avoid.
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