Megan Is Missing

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2011

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.

Rating: 4/10

1 comment:

  1. I watched this movie through Netflix today. In my experience, the single most disgusting movie I have watched. No, I'm not a fan of horror, so I'm not all that aware of what might be out there. Anyways, I digress. In watching this film, or, "mockumentary" as the author of this review has decided to call it, I've felt quite a few emotions through out the couple hours the movie has.
    At first, plain apathy to the movie. Then, complete hatred of my generation and what it's leaving behind it human history. That, as the review's auther has stated, back to apathy, once the more...Then, the more disturbing events begin to take place. Needless to say, it's entirely horrifying to see this movie, especially the final 22 minutes of the film.
    Now, if this were like "Saw", "House on Haunted Hill", "Blair Witch Project", or any of the other "disturbing" films, in the sense that it were completely and entirely fictitional, then it probobly would have settled better than to have me up at 2:43am (12 hours after having watched the film)to find-out if it was a fake film.
    What really make this a disturbing film is that stuff like this actully happens, saddly. After the abduction in the film, I lost the feeling of distaste for my generation, and went straight to this uneasy feeling that I might one day be bringing children into a world so...So vile.
    The movie it self...Obviously looking away from the plot...Was an interesting twist on storytelling, just as the author has stated. But, if you watch the movie...And really watch it...Watch it for what it's worth and get the message. It's not about horror, like the other movies that thim film has been tossed into...It's the truth, saddly...
    But, hey, this is all coming from a person who doesn't like the general "horror" genre. If this is your thing, go for it.

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