Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review of COME AND FIND ME: Lazy and Lackluster

May 11, 2017

On one morning after an intimate night, David wakes up to find his girlfriend Claire missing. In the process of his desperate search for her, he realizes how little he really knew about her. While investigating a cache of photographs Claire took, David was assaulted, threatened and tortured by gangsters and government officials, people who seemed to know a Claire totally different from the Claire he knew and loved. 

Aaron Paul is an actor best known for his character Jesse Pinkman in the TV series Breaking Bad. His biggest film role would probably be as race car driver Tobey Marshall in the frenetic box-office hit movie "Need for Speed" (2014). In "Come and Find Me," it is Paul that holds the film together with his introspective performance as David that audiences can somehow connect with, with all the incredulous things happening around his character.

Annabelle Wallis is a pretty British actress whom we have seen before as the doll-terrorized Mia Form in the "The Conjuring" spin-off "Annabelle" (2014). Here, Wallis played the mysterious Claire Collins whose sudden disappearance led her boyfriend David into a wild goose chase. Unfortunately, Wallis gave a lackluster unconvincing performance that makes you wonder why a level-headed guy like David would obsess about her. There was no scene that redeemed her characterization. Even in David's flashbacks, she always appeared odd, never charming.

"Come and Find Me" is written and directed by 37-year old Zack Whedon, his first venture in film after some minor TV projects. He follows the screenwriting path of his grandfather John ("The Donna Reed Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show"), father Tom ("Captain Kangaroo" and "The Electric Company"), and currently famous brother Joss ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Toy Story" and "The Avengers").

The story began interestingly enough with Claire disappearing within the first 10 minutes of the film. He still has 100 minutes more running time after this, which he fills with a mind-boggling series of violent encounters of David in the present, interspersed with lovelorn flashbacks of David of his past with Claire. The pace of the storytelling was too lazy to sustain the interest generated in the first quarter. There was no adrenaline in the action. The rest of the film just slogged on until the unsatisfying ending. 4/10.

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