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A very well-executed idea,
This review is from: Catfish [DVD] (DVD)The trailer for `Catfish' had intrigued me - after the documentary style introduction, I was struck by the scene where the protagonist and his friends drive to the gate of an empty house the middle of the night. I thought that the film would turn to either horror or something really creepy.
It turned out that the the film is a story about the construction of online personas - how we think we know a `friend' from Facebook but actually we don't - all we know is what the person behind the Facebook profile is telling us. Shot in documentary format, as well as being based on a very interesting (if not terribly original) idea, certainly an issue that is frequently discussed in the media - I thought this film was particularly well executed. The interaction between characters was very realistic, to the point that it really looks like a documentary and you find yourself believing the story. I don't want to spoil the plot to anyone reading this review but I can tell you that you will find yourself wondering if the various characters are either the best actors you have ever seen or are playing themselves. I am still not sure. But that's what makes the film even more watchable - a bit like The Blair Witch Project: is it true? Is it a fake?
A very interesting film nevertheless, and one that raises many questions about our online `social life'.