As someone who watches 'Catfish: The TV Show' I was interested to see this as it's Nev's story.It's gripping, thought provoking and at times disturbing. It's also very sad, it shows how manipulative these 'Catfish' can be and the damage that can be done through their deceit.
Many people meet online now (often successfully - I know of married couples who are very happy) but pretending to be someone you're not is never going to end well. A lot of people have self esteem issues, and spending time online may be attractive to those who are isolated yet lack confidence to mix in the 'real' world. It's too easy to forget that the online world is not a real one, in that people can very easily not be what they what seem. Perhaps todays image conscious, photoshop obsessed society doesn't help with this and contributes to encouraging people to pretend they look like models when they don't. But the sad, often forgotten reality is no one looks like that, even models and celebrities look different without their make up, hair extensions and airbrushing. I guess the problem is pretending to be someone you're not is that once you've established that identity, it can't be easy to back track.
I'm always struck by the kindness and humanity shown by Nev and Max in the TV show, and how they try to see both sides. Seeing this film has helped me appreciate that so much more. How Nev's story turned out was pretty shocking, but how he responded shows what an amazing person he is.
A fascinating docu-drama, not really a thriller, but it's gripping and makes you think.