This was a satisfying experience, a bit different too. Much of the film is played out on computer screen though these sections are no less engrossing than the live action - and arguably possibly moreso, as one is hanging onto every word before it appears as print.
A 16-year old daughter of a widowed Californian (John Cho - a name I didn't recognise though I see he's been in a number of 'Star Trek' films amongst other work) mysteriously goes missing for no apparent reason, she and her father having enjoyed a cordial, mutually respectful relationship. Having got nowhere on searching her computer files as much as he could gain access to, he has no alternative but to involve the police, with Debra Messing (whom I don't recall having seen outside 'Will & Grace' and wouldn't have recognised here had I not known) coming on the case as Chief Detective.
The story goes into some gripping stuff, never getting boring at all and both Cho and Messing deliver what's required with all the conviction that they should. I only wish I was as adept with operating the computer as the Cho character is. (No misspellings of course!) Red-herrings and dead-ends abound until, well advanced into the film, there's a jaw-dropping twist which I think you'd have to be truly psychic to have seen coming.
Director is Annesh Chaganty, whose first full-length feature this appears to be, and it's a promising start.
I have no complaints at all with the film up to the conclusion, but have to say that I could have done without the fairy-tale ending designed to send the audience out with a happy-happy feeling, everything neatly tied up and explained. In fact from and including that aforementioned major twist, the end of the story does strain credibility somewhat, though it doesn't spoil the memory of what led up to it. I do prefer my endings more ambiguous and challenging, leaving me with something to ponder on, though maybe I'm in a minority.
All in all, I found it a rewarding film and pleased that, although initially undecided whether to make the effort or not, I did venture to go..........7.
( IMDb..................7.9 / Rott. Toms...................7.4)
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