Director: Zack Whedon
Cast: Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt
Release Date: January 17, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
David and Claire’s idyllic relationship comes to an abrupt and mysterious end after Claire disappears without a trace. Devastated but incapable of letting go, David follows her trail down a frantic and increasingly dangerous path. Shocked at discovering that Claire was living a double life, he’s forced to risk everything if he ever wants to see her again.
‘Come and Find Me’ tells the story of young lovers David (Paul) and Claire (Wallis) whose happy and romantic lifestyle is suddenly disrupted when David awakens one morning to discover Claire has completely vanished. Unwilling to believe she may have simply left him, after a stretch of time goes by and he still finds himself unable to move on, David remains certain that something is very wrong indeed. Deciding to investigate her disappearance further on his own, David soon finds himself uncovering a number of shocking secrets about the woman he loves, and as he continues to push harder with questionable individuals on all sides he promptly finds himself entangled in a violent world and fending off attacks from criminals and even government agents. Now David must choose whether to back off and actually let Claire go, or fully delve into dangerous and violent territory unlike anything this generally kind and well meaning man has seen before.
Written and directed by Zack Whedon who makes his directorial debut with the film, Whedon does a fairly solid job at the helm of ‘Come and Find Me’ guiding his own notably less impressive script along with some tense and quite fun sequences, and a distinctive beauty and charm occasionally appearing throughout. ‘Come and Find Me’ also owes some credit to the cast which includes a number of talented folks and features Aaron Paul (TV’s Breaking Bad), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), Garret Dillahunt (TV’s Hand of God), Zachary Knighton (TV’s Happy Endings), and more, nearly all managing to deliver decent enough performances in each of their respective roles, yet never detracting much attention from Paul who is pretty fantastic in his portrayal of the lead role and without question the stand out performance.
‘Come and Find Me’ is a decent thriller for the most part that offers an interesting story and some enjoyable action sequences. The film is ably guided by director Zack Whedon who makes his directorial debut here, and boosted by some solid performances from the cast, particularly Aaron Paul who delivers a more than capable performance in the lead role. Unfortunately, ‘Come and Find Me’ also suffers its share of issues as well, particularly a surprisingly erratic and messy script that frequently throws off the pacing and tone by interspersing random flashback sequences with no notice, and rarely with any sort of seemingly logical reason for shifting to the flashback in the first place, therefore causing a painfully jumpy and odd sort of pacing throughout which undeniably detracts from the film’s strengths. ‘Come and Find Me’ is a decent dramatic thriller in many aspects and never fails to hold the viewer’s attention, while also offering some refreshingly beautiful and heartfelt moments along its course that can’t be ignored, but the wildly predictable nature and jumpy pace do slow it down a good share along the way. Many folks will likely enjoy this one at least to a degree, and diehard fans of Aaron Paul will probably want to make sure to give it a watch at some point, but for the majority it’s probably not worth rushing out to get your hands on a copy pronto. Nonetheless it may be worth giving a whirl should you come across it on cable or a streaming provider at some point and are in the mood for a decent thriller, even if it may not exactly blow you away.
Overall, ‘Come and Find Me’ isn’t a terrible film, nor is it an exceptionally good film either, but it does have its strengths and some surprisingly heartwarming and beautiful moments that have no trouble standing out, along with an enthralling enough (albeit somewhat sloppy and predictable) storyline and some tense and fun action scenes. First time director Zack Whedon does a fairly competent job at the helm, and the cast holds their own quite well, especially Aaron Paul who has no trouble stealing the show most of the time. ‘Come and Find Me’ certainly isn’t anything exceptional, but it does offer a fairly fun ride and has a number of strengths to balance some of the faults; I definitely wouldn’t recommend making a blind purchase of the Blu-ray release, yet if you come across it and are looking for a simple and entertaining thriller to occupy your evening, it should make a decent enough selection.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Come and Find Me’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks great overall and delivers a sharp, detailed and often quite colorful presentation from start to finish with no notable faults throughout. It holds up without issue even during the fast moving and darkly lit sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a highly capable high definition video presentation from Lionsgate that should have no trouble pleasing folks.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack provides a clean, crisp and overall more than competent audio presentation throughout. It regularly utilizes all five available channels in order to immerse the viewer within the film’s soundtrack, in addition to sending a few bullets, cars and more throughout the various speakers when applicable, and never resulting in any dialogue which might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Come and Find Me’ includes a couple of extras. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Zack Whedon and Producer Chris Ferguson’, in addition to brief behind the scenes Featurette ‘Unraveling the Mysteries of Come And Find Me’ (running approximately 7 minutes in length) which includes behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with the cast and crew.