What Webbed Watched is a weekly segment in which the contributors to Webbed Media give a brief review of any film they have watched in the past week. The film may be a brand new release, a classic, a film we regret watching or one we’ve seen a hundred times. This week we have 2 films currently in cinemas, American Animals and Searching.
American Animals – @CiaranRH
This heist film follows the bizarre true story of 4 students who attempt to steal historic books from Transylvania University. This film separates itself from others in how it tackles the true story aspect with the narrative often cutting to the actual individuals who were involved in the heist telling things from their perspective, often contradicting what others say, which the film weaves into the story. Evan Peters (Quicksilver in X-Men) puts in a memorable performance as the rumbustious leader of the robbery, a performance that leaves me thinking that the 31 year old may have big things in his future. Once the heist gets underway the tension is palpable with my busy Saturday night screening eerily silent, waiting to see what will happen to these 4 young individuals. This is likely a film that will fly under the radar but it definitely deserves your attention.
Searching – @CiaranRH
From watching the trailer I didn’t expect much, but Searching is one of the best films I have seen this year and a film that will stick with me. The angle for this film is that it is shown entirely through screens; a mobile phone screen on face-time; a laptop screen; a TV screen, the list goes on. Searching takes a simple plot, a father trying to find his missing daughter, and gets you invested immediately. The film made me care for the family at the centre of the story with the opening montage, a plot device that very often fails but thrives here. As a credit to the film, you quickly forget about the gimmick of screens as the mystery gets deeper and the plot thickens. John Cho is entirely believable as a Dad trying everything he can to find his daughter in a film that deservedly wields thriller tropes such as nail-biting and edge of your seat cinema.