For 5-year-old Jack, the term “sheltered childhood” has a horribly dark meaning – of which he’s unaware, since he’s never known any other kind. He has lived his entire life without ever leaving the room where his mother’s abductor took her seven years earlier. A television set and single skylight their only connections to the outside world, Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and Ma (Brie Larson) eat grilled cheese, exercise however they can, sail a paper boat in the tank of the toilet and endure visits from captor “Old Nick” (also an old-fashioned nickname for the devil). Old Nick (Sean Bridgers) shows almost no interest in his biological son as he foists himself on Ma, with Jack peering through the slats of the closet where he sleeps.
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