Vee (Emma Roberts) is at a crossroads of her life and must decide which path to choose. High school is coming to an end, university is looming and she has to consider leaving her mother behind in Staten Island, New York. In amongst her big considerations in life, Vee's friends challenge her to become more of a risk taker. While the year 12 student is happy with how she lives, she has to admit that she is more comfortable watching others from behind her camera. Until one day she begins to feel the weight of living a cautious life and decides to throw off her prudent lifestyle and become a player in the on-line game, Nerve. Initially Vee is captivated by the game of truth or dare and finds it exhilarating to be directed by the anonymous group of 'watchers'. This on-line audience directs each step of this endeavour and they are instrumental in connecting her with the adventurous and mysterious Ian (Dave Franco). What she thinks is innocent fun turns into a terrifyingly voyeuristic exercise in staying alive. She must decide whether to keep playing, to bail out of the game or to commit the ultimate sin against this community and to become a snitch. Each of these choices have their own unique consequences and Vee must consider her next step.
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