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In the realm of suspenseful thrillers,”Nerve,” released in 2016, and directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, stands as a shining example of the genre’s ability to captivate and terrify. The film revolves around Vee (Emma Roberts), a reserved high school senior whose life takes an unexpected turn when she becomes entangled in a high-stakes online game called “Nerve”. The game lures participants into a world of progressively challenging dares, the hope of winning cash prizes and gaining online notoriety. As Vee forms an unlikely partnership with Ian (Dave Franco), they quickly ascend through the ranks of the game. However, their newfound success thrusts them into a perilous competition that blurs the boundaries between the real world and the virtual realm. This challenges their values and puts their lives in jeopardy as they grapple with the consequences of their choices.


  • One of the intriguing aspects of “Nerve” is the vibrant set against the backdrop of the bustling city of New York. The film strategically selects vibrant, lively, and colorful locations to accentuate the video game-inspired themes in the film.
  • One particular scene was shot at Bergdorf Goodman, with Vee and Ian stealing a motorcycle.
  • Multiple scenes were filmed on the iconic Staten Island Ferry, which enabled the audience to view the New York City skyline, as well as the Statue of Liberty.
  • The mall scenes throughout the films were shot at the Staten Island Mall.
  • Many of the scenes including motorcycle stunts were filmed on the Manhattan Bridge.
  • One motorcycle scene took place in Park Avenue (near Grand Central Terminal) Manhattan.
  • The Met Cloisters museum is the art-filled location where Vee is dared to wear a provocative red dress and engage in a perilous game of truth or dare.

Interesting Facts:

  • Behind the scenes of “Nerve”, there are many interesting facts and real-life references that make the film all the more intriguing to watch.
  • In an early scene in the film, Vee is seen browsing the news on her computer. On the right side of the news page, there’s an article about James Franco, who happens to be the real-life brother of Dave Franco, who plays Ian in the movie.
  • In the scene where Vee enters the store to try on a dress, an employee comments “It’s very expensive.” This line is a subtle reference to the iconic scene in “Pretty Woman” (1990), starring Vee’s (Emma Roberts) real-life aunt, Julia Roberts.