The Immaculate Room | Movie Threat


During the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, we have all gone through isolation to varying degrees. We are still reeling from the effects as a society, whether with increased rates of mental illness, substance abuse, road rage and public aggression. Knowing the toll, would you spend fifty days in solitary confinement for five million dollars? We have all lost precious time with our friends and family that we will never get back, is a sum of money worth it? This profound concept is explored in writer/director Mukunda Michael Dewil’s film The Immaculate Roomwith the help of excellent acting by the two protagonists, Kate Bosworth and Emile Hirsch.

Mike (Emile Hirsch) and Kate (Kate Bosworth) are an attractive young couple who decide to brave a psychological experiment: the aforementioned isolation for money. No phones, televisions, or family are allowed entry; only the Siri-like voice of the Immaculate Room is there to provide guidance as the digital clock ticks away.

The premise is interesting, even if it sounds familiar to the audience. Before the pandemic, it might have seemed obvious to spend fifty days in a futuristic-looking white room in complete isolation in order to earn money. But, having experienced a version of this ourselves, it’s a whole different story.

“…would you spend fifty days in solitary confinement for five million dollars?

There is some predictability The Immaculate Room for you don’t have to be a psychologist to know that problems arise between a couple when they are locked in a room for a long time, whether they entered it happy or not. However, Hirsch and Bosworth keep it all interesting because this concept would fail miserably in the hands of lesser players.

The film also features a third-act surprise to spice things up. Dewil’s script and direction does a good job of showing the mundane aspects of isolation without getting into nap party territory. This is achieved by keeping the audience obsessed with the couple’s interactions and choices, as well as the few devices used to change the dynamic.

One such device is that Mike and Kate are each allowed two “treats”. Treats are surprises, no one knows what they will be, and they are expensive. The first automatically deducts one hundred thousand dollars from the prize money, and the second costs an additional two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Is it worth wasting money for indoor entertainment? It’s another fun “what would you do” question to ponder in a movie filled with such questions.

We’re probably all still suffering from lockdown fatigue, but even still, I was fascinated and entertained by The Immaculate Room. It’s a showcase of what great independent cinema is all about, taking an interesting concept and applying great actors and directors on a limited budget. I will say the ending felt a little weak to me, but the movie is akin to life in general in that the most important aspect is the journey.


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