Parents' Guide to

Come and Find Me

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Some graphic violence, language in thriller-mystery.

Movie R 2016 112 minutes
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There's enough action, suspense, and even romance to overcome the increasing skepticism that begins to overwhelm the movie's third act. Come and Find Me is an engaging story of a man who discovers that his girlfriend/love of his life was nothing like the person he thought she was as he tries to solve the mystery of her sudden disappearance. The movie's opening scene, in which Aaron Paul's character seems to be stalking/following Annabelle Wallis' character from the bus stop, sets up the illusions and deception to come, and the movie's twists don't disappoint, despite interactions with the usual bad guys seen in movies like these (i.e., Russian mobsters, shady US government operatives). The acting and dialogue are solid throughout, as Paul and Wallis navigate not only the moments of extreme action and violence, but also moments of a young couple falling in love.

These moments of Paul's and Wallis' characters meeting and falling in love, shown in flashback scenes, may annoy those looking for more of a straightforward in-the-moment action movie, but these scenes reveal the moments in which Claire (Wallis' character), in David's (Paul's character) hindsight, is definitely not the quirky artsy photographer from Salt Lake City that she says she is. All in all, it works, and fortunately ends before wearing out its welcome and/or suspension of disbelief. These flashbacks help to make this movie more than standard action movie fare. It shows enough respect for the audience to actually develop the characters, rather than the typical move of making the characters the most shopworn of archetypes ("streetwise cop," "world-weary detective," etc.), and that alone makes this worthwhile.

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