In what is probably one of the most interesting executions of a film this year, we have a mystery suspense thriller that is seen through a computer screen and surveillance cameras. And yeah, I mean, it's pretty much been done before with movies like 'Unfriended', but I'm not sure it was ever done this well.
The opening credits introduce us to the Kim family; David, Pamela and Margot (John Cho, Sara Son, and Michelle La, respectively) as we watch Margot grow up, along with a family tragedy, thus setting up the whole tone of the movie very nicely.
Eventually we enter present day, and Margot goes missing. David is assigned a detective by the name of Vick (Debra Messing) who tries to help with the case as best she can. However, when things start not making sense to David, he starts taking matters into his own hands, doing whatever it takes to find his daughter.
I gotta say, when it comes right down to it, I have to appreciate how suspenseful this movie actually got considering we're really just watching a computer screen throughout a missing persons case. For the most part, we're just seeing what we see in the top corner picture here - John Cho's face (and Debra Messing's face) and a whole lot of text and webcam conversations.
What really makes it is that the film is full of neat little tricks to help make things more interesting. For example, parts of the soundtrack are just David's taste in music playing in the background. On top of that though, I have to give John Cho credit for his acting in this. The dude has skill, and I hope at this point people don't just still see him as Harold the stoner. He really carries this movie on his shoulders.
Of course, the predictable takeaway from this ends up being a commentary on social media and just how dangerous things can get. But it also shows the flip side of the situation with just how useful it can be - that's kinda what makes it so intriguing, at least to me. I feel like it's almost meant to say "use it wisely". I'm not sure it would reach my Top 5 by the end of the year, but it does have a potential spot on my Top 10. It won't be for everyone, but I'd say it's worth checking out.