What would you give to become anyone else but you?
The Dorm addresses this serious issue faced by girls who suffer from inferiority complexes. The movie answers this question in one way and then doesn't towards the end when the story finally unravels.
The story begins with socially inept Vivian, starting college and hoping for a fresh start after attempting suicide.
Her wish is granted and she is quickly inducted into a close knit group of friends. As in all horror movies, she is warned by a classmate to steer away from her newfound friends.
Does our protagonist heed the warning?
Of course not; it's a horror movie and she is bound to be led astray by wolf in sheep clothing before she unmasks them.
Vivian quickly dismisses the girl who, poor thing, ends up dead soon after. Our protagonist continues to live in delusion and even goes on a special diet of red tea prescribed by her friends.
It isn't until next morning when she peels away her flawed skin and reveals a blemish free one that we as the audience are suddenly piqued. Something wicked is afoot, clearly.
Vivian starts hearing voices, her boyfriend seems obsessed with the girl who was living in her dorm room and her body makes a remarkable and strange transformation.
It is when another classmate calls her Violet- the name of the former dorm room resident- that Vivian gains suspicions about what is really going on.
Towards the end, she is faced with a tough choice and it is heartbreaking to see the one she makes.
The film's story brings to light a very important issue- and that is how we see ourselves. Is it always about what we think about our appearance or how society perceives us?
There have been many posts and advice given by celebrities and our idols on how we must learn to appreciate the way we are and then body we have, bit when it comes down to making a choice and being granted a wish to be whomever we could be but us, would we really choose the real us?
If we could be any celebrity, have their body and features, would we be ready to forgo ourselves?
We keep telling ourselves that we are happy with who we are, but we can only know that for sure when we are given a choice and choose ourselves over all superficiality.