(This review may contain spoilers).
This was a movie I felt was really cleverly done, even if the format wasn’t an entirely new one – I just thought it worked really well for the storyline. It was really good to have the story of Margot and her parents told through the use of their laptop and I found it really easy to empathise with David as his search for his daughter became more desperate.
I thought there was a lot that this movie did really well, especially when it came to how harrowing the search was…and how difficult to see and learn more about Margot and just how little her dad really knew about how her life was affected by losing her mother.
I did feel this movie offered a unique perspective into the thriller genre, as it showed more of the wider world, rather than just focusing on a few people communicating on Skype. The movie was engaging and, although not exactly easy to watch, it was easy to get absorbed into the storyline.
I didn’t particularly like Abigail, who seemed very much like a vulture as the movie went on. And, of course, Isaac seemed to come across as such a stereotypical teenage boy that I was rolling my eyes every time he made an appearance. However, he did provide some needed humour at one point in the film.
I did think it was a bit difficult to get to know many of the secondary characters, as the movie was really only focused on David and Margot. I also found it a bit hard to suspend my disbelief when it came to David being able to guess his daughter’s passwords.
I thought there were some good elements of foreshadowing throughout this movie. It was easy to care about the main characters and the plot and this movie was so interestingly done, I’d really like to watch it again in the future, as I’m sure there were a lot of minor elements I missed.