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After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. A thriller that unfolds entirely on computer screens.
|Studio :||Bazelevs Production, Stage 6 Films,|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Director of Photography,|
|Cast :||John Cho Debra Messing Joseph Lee Michelle La Sara Sohn|
|Genre :||Drama Thriller|
A Brilliant Conflict
There are women in the film, but none has anything you could call a personality.
The movie is surprisingly subdued in its pacing, its characterizations, and its go-for-broke sensibilities.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
It started slowly as the characters were revealed and like Nordic Noir the narrative drive was the meticulous investigation on the internet. For those on social media this was brilliant for those more technologically naive this was a bore. The silence and mouse clicks let to the suspense for me others thought it made the movie slow. The acting was brilliant and you felt his pain and frustration. A really great movie with an unexpected twist, I loved it.
Watched the film today and I must say I was extremely surprised with how much I enjoyed this film. Not your typical thriller! A must watch.
As the title says, it's well worth a watch. It takes the ever growing monster that is social media in its many forms and shows not only how it connects people, including impostors, and is intrusive in lives in ways the user never thinks but also can disconnect them from the people closest to them. John Cho does a solid job and continues to display his versatility and the run time means the film, which is well paced throughout and clever in its execution, never outstays it's welcome.
This is a thriller which can certainly be accurately described as original. It takes a fairly typical suspense story about a recently widowed father whose daughter vanishes one night and presents it in a most unique way. The whole film plays out on the computer screen via programs such as Facetime, iMessage, Gmail, Tumblr, Facebook, etc. In this way, it reflects the reality that so many people now live, given that so many nowadays are literally never off their devices. In this way, the film is completely relevant and taps into a scenario most will be able to clearly identify with. The conceit is also terrific in that it accentuates the mystery element of the story, where we stumble upon clues via the various social media platforms. The very limitations of the set-up ultimately amplify the material and take it to another level. I found it to be one of the most original, gripping and compelling thrillers I have seen in quite a while. Lead actor John Cho must be credited too with giving a strong central performance as the grieving father, with some good additional work from Debra Messing as the detective assigned to the case. All-in-all, a fantastic bit of work.