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D: Aneesh Chaganty

Sony/Screen Gems/Stage 6 (Timur Bekmambetov, Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian & Adam Sidman)

USA 🇺🇸 2018

102 mins


Mystery/Thriller


W: Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian

DP: Juan Sebastian Baron

Ed: Nick Johnson & Will Merrill

Mus: Torin Borrowdale


John Cho (David Kim), Debra Messing (Det. Rosemary Vik), Michelle La (Margot Kim), Sara Sohn (Pamela Kim)


A gimmick film for the technological age, using all the apps and functions of a typical home computer to link the narrative of a thriller.

The film is all shown from the point of view of a PC desktop, using emails, text messages, YouTube videos, FaceTime phone calls, etc to piece the mystery together when Margot Kim goes missing suddenly one night, leaving her concerned father to find out what happened with the help of a police detective.

Though it's incredibly well pieced together for an original style of filmmaking and storytelling, it's very much a gimmick film and without this, the story really doesn't hold up, even if it were transitioned into a TV movie of the week format.

Kudos for trying, but the more you think about it, the less impressive it gets.

6/10


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