Written and Directed by Michael Goi
Unless you have lived under a rock for the past decade, you have heard something about internet predators charming naive children and subsequently kidnapping them. Megan Is Missing is a film about just that.
Megan and Amy are two girls in their early teens, 14 and 13 respectively. Though they are both straight A students in the classroom, Megan spends her time partying, doing drugs, and partaking in promiscuous activities, while Amy leads a modest, innocent life spent fantasizing about the future. Trouble begins for the two girls once they meet a new guy on a chat room and begin conversing with him.
Megan Is Missing features an unique storytelling technique, which one can think of as a modified mockumentary. The film switches between webcam conversations, surveillance cameras, handheld cameras carried by the characters, and clips for a news show. The film seems to be put together by an omniscient viewer which makes it a rather unique experience.
In this alternation between perspectives, the tone of the film often shifts with each new shot. The mood shifts from mundane, to comedic, to disturbing, and back to mundane. In this respect, this film shares many of the same criticisms put forth regarding the film Razortooth: “There are several scenes in this film where the tone and pacing shifts drastically from one extreme emotion to the next. In doing so, the pacing comes to a complete halt as the tension and such starts to build from scratch.”
Despite these hindrances, Megan Is Missing provides a few moments of absolute shock and awe. For viewers willing to struggle through the rest of the film, these will likely vindicate the uneven acting and tone. Most audiences, however, should probably avoid this one.