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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Zack Whedon
Cast:
Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt
Writing Credits:
Zack Whedon

Synopsis:
When his girlfriend goes missing, David must track down her whereabouts after he realizes she's not who she was pretending to be.

MPAA:
Rated R.

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
None

Runtime: 112 min.
Price: $24.99
Release Date: 1/17/2017

Bonus:
• Audio Commentary with Director Zack Whedon and Producer Chris Ferguson
• “Unraveling the Mysteries” Featurette
• Previews


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Come and Find Me [Blu-Ray] (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 5, 2017)

Since the conclusion of Breaking Bad in 2013, Aaron Paul has mostly acted in supporting roles. He gets a lead with a 2016 thriller called Come and Find Me.

David (Paul) and Claire (Annabelle Wallis) appear to enjoy a terrific relationship. This means that David finds himself despondent when she vanishes without a trace.

Even with no hints of her whereabouts, David presses on in his attempts to locate Claire. This takes him down unexpected paths, as he discovers she may not have been what she seemed to be.

Pretty much any thriller than involves characters with hidden pasts will evoke memories of Hitchcock, and that occurs with Find. While the movie doesn’t go down stylistic paths that emulate the great director, it still offers a plot that brings to mind the master’s works.

The big difference is that Hitchcock would’ve found interesting paths for the characters to take, whereas Find often seems to squander its opportunities. Despite ample room to become a compelling mystery, the film tends to dawdle and sag.

On the positive side, I like the fact that Find largely refuses to telegraph character and plot points. Claire’s disappearance really does come out of the blue, and other curveballs provide genuine surprises. In a genre usually packed with predictable shifts and story choices, I like this one’s ability to keep the viewer guessing.

Unfortunately, Find just doesn’t do much to keep the viewer entertained. It may come with a lot of unpredictable turns, but these lack the substance to maintain consistent interest.

At the core, the characters simply never become especially compelling. I never really cared about Claire, so I didn’t fret too much when she disappeared, and I failed to worry if David would find her.

Some of this occurs because the film fails to develop their relationship in an absorbing manner. We get flashbacks to observe their courtship and love, but none of it sticks, as we don’t bond with David and Claire.

Occasional action scenes threaten to break Find out of its doldrums, but they don’t succeed. Much of the film seems mopey and slow, without the drama it needs to carry us.

In the end, that leaves Find as a sluggish tale. Though it comes with the basics to deliver a good thriller, it plods too much to deliver real stimulation.


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B-/ Audio B-/ Bonus C+

Come and Find Me appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a mostly good but up and down presentation.

Sharpness became the least consistent aspect of the image. Though most of the flick looked accurate and concise, exceptions occurred. The movie could seem strangely soft at times, and not for obvious stylistic reasons.

Despite those instances, I felt the majority of the movie offered nice clarity. No issues with jaggies or moiré effects materialized, and edge haloes were absent. Source flaws failed to become a factor here.

The colors of Find went with a stylized look. In an unsurprising move, the film emphasized orange and teal to a substantial degree. Those tones seemed acceptable given their limitations.

Blacks were reasonably dark and tight, while shadows showed decent to good delineation. Overall, the image looked acceptable, though the issues with sharpness led me to a “B-“ grade.

When I examined the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Find, I thought it was moderately active and involving. Fairly chatty for a thriller, the mix used music and atmosphere to nice advantage. These elements created a good sense of place and movement that brought us a decent soundscape, but most obvious action elements failed to appear.

Audio quality was fine. Speech was reasonably crisp and natural, and effects showed good punch. Music was also clear and full. The soundtrack didn’t excel but it connected with the material.

When we go to extras, we locate an audio commentary with writer/director Zack Whedon and producer Chris Ferguson. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific view of story/characters, cinematography, sets and locations, cast and performances, music, stunts and connected elements.

From start to finish, this becomes a perfectly okay commentary. It always gives us a reasonable look at the film – it just lacks a whole lot of real spark or insight. Like the movie itself, it seems decent but without much to make it memorable.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Come and Find Me runs six minutes, 54 seconds and provides info from Whedon, Ferguson, producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and actors Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Enver Gjokaj, Zachary Knighton, Michael Kopsa and Garret Dillahunt.

The show looks at the project’s roots and development, cast and performances, and Whedon’s impact on the shoot. “Mysteries” resides in the promotional realm and doesn’t tell us much of merit.

The disc opens with ads for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, Imperium, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Cell and The Whole Truth. No trailer for Find appears here.

A tale of a suspicious missing person, Come and Find Me boasts the bones of a decent thriller. However, it tends to plod and never quite finds its footing. The Blu-ray presents acceptable picture and audio as well as average supplements. Find winds up as a bland effort.

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