Movie Timeline

  • Vee is a high school student in New York. She is online and gets a notification on Facebook that her crush, J.P. tagged her in a picture.
  • Vee gets a Skype invite from her friend Sydney. Sydney tells her about a game she signed up for, called Nerve, that is coming out soon. The game has "watchers" and "players" and the people that are the players have to do dares to get money while the watchers pay and create the dares for the players, while they watch everything. Sydney asks Vee to join her in the game, but she says no.
  • Vee goes with her friends Tommy, Liv, and Wes to her high school’s pep rally. Syd gives Liv her phone to record her dare. She then moons the entire school to complete her dare.
  • Syd continues to try to get Vee to join Nerve since Vee isn’t the risky type. Syd decides to go over and talk to J.P. for Vee while all their friends are out to eat together. She asks him if he wants to go out with Vee, but J.P. says she's not his type. Vee leaves the restaurant and goes home.
  • Vee logs onto Nerve to learn the rules of the game. The player must record the dare while they are doing it, and if they bail or fail, they lose their money. Nobody can snitch on Nerve, or it'll end badly. Vee decides to become a player.
  • Vee calls Tommy to take her to a diner. She receives her first dare here, she must kiss a stranger for five seconds to get $100. She picks out a guy named Ian reading her favorite book. Vee kisses him while Tommy is recording on her phone. Vee returns to her table with Tommy but when she turns around, Ian is gone. Next, Ian is singing around the diner singing and dancing for his dare. He goes to Vee's table, and she receives a dare to go to the city with him for $200. She debates it but then joins Ian on his motorcycle, leaving Tommy at the diner.
  • Vee and Ian make it into the New York City and leave each other. She gets a new dare to try on a couture dress. Vee tries it on and sees Ian in the same store trying on a suit. When they return to their dressing rooms, they find all of their belongings are gone. The next dare for both of them is to leave the store. They take off their dress and suit and leave in their underwear as watchers record them. They find their dress and suit in a bag on Ian's motorcycle. They receive the next dare.
  • Tommy watches Vee doing her dares from the diner. He calls his hacker friend Azhar and asks for "a ticket to Aruba". Azhar thinks it's risky, but she sends him a code for access to a site called Aruba. Tommy discovers past videos of Ian playing Nerve a year earlier. Ian had stolen the motorcycle and was hanging from a crane with two other men all for the dares of Nerve.
  • Syd is going around the city to continue playing Nerve while gaining more followers. She is disappointed when she finds out Vee is catching up to her watcher count.
  • Vee and Ian go to a tattoo parlor for their dare. Ian draws a secret tattoo for Vee to get. It turns out to be a lighthouse, a symbol for her favorite book.
  • Nancy, Vee’s mom, notices that money is being transferred into her and Vee's joint bank account. She tries to call Vee but is ignored so she calls Tommy to ask what's happening. Tommy says Vee got a job and is having money transferred.
  • Vee and Ian ride a carousel. Syd and her friends watch at a house party. Vee tells Ian that she joined Nerve so Syd would stop bothering her. Syd would always make it seem as if Vee is insecure when in reality, Syd is insecure. Syd seeks out a new dare. She encounters Ty at the party, who suggests that she team up with him to gain more followers but Syd refuses. Ian then suggests to Vee that they go to the house party.
  • Syd drinks a lot and gets a dare to walk across a ladder from one apartment to the next. She is afraid of heights but she made it halfway, and proceeded to slip and drop her phone. She bails out of the game.
  • Vee and Ian get to the party. Syd calls Vee out on what she said, causing a fight and leaving Syd humiliated. Vee completes Syd's dare and she walks across the ladder. After, she went back to make up with Syd, but finds her making out with J.P. Vee finds out Ian was dared to go to the party to get Vee and Syd to fight. Vee decides to tell the cops about Nerve. Ian runs after her and begs her not to, but she does it anyways. Vee tells a cop about Nerve, but he does nothing. Nancy calls Vee and tells her all the money in their bank account is gone. Vee encounters Ty, who says he needs to win the game, and he knocks her out.
  • Vee wakes up in a shipping container covered in the words "SNITCHES GET STITCHES". A TV in turns on and tells Vee that since she snitched, Nerve controls her life, family, and future. The only way for her to escape is to win the game. She gets out of the container and is told to get on the ferry. She finds Ian, who tells her that like him, she is now a prisoner of the game. It happened before for Ian when he, Ty, and a third man were dared to hang from a tower crane. The third man slipped and died. Ian went to the cops, but Nerve took away his money and his father's job. Ian says he will do a dare that places him above Ty so he can make it to the finals with Vee.
  • Vee finds Tommy and Syd, and apologizes to both of them. They make a plan together while Ian receives a dare to hang from a tower crane again with one hand for five seconds. He successfully completes this and advances to the final. Vee has a dare to pick up a package that contains a loaded gun.
  • Vee and Ian make it to an arena filled with watchers for the final round. Tommy and Syd meet Azhar to hack into Nerve's server, and Nancy finds them there to watch the final round. The dare tells Vee and Ian that whoever shoots first wins the game. Ian tells Vee to shoot him so she can win but Vee refuses. Ty appears and says he will shoot one of them. The watchers cheer for Ty. Vee decides to take the shot. As everyone records, she calls out the watchers for wanting to watch someone die just for entertainment. Nerve then decides to put Vee's life to a vote as part of the app. A majority votes yes so Ty shoots Vee. Every watcher then gets notified that their names are exposed and that they are accessories to murder, with the option to sign out. Everyone signs out, allowing Azhar to crash Nerve's server and shut it down. Vee reveals she faked her death as she planned it with Ty.
  • Azhar ensures that Vee and Nancy get their money back. Vee and Ian end up together in a relationship and the movie concludes.