Come and Find Me
By Brian Costello,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Some graphic violence, language in thriller-mystery.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in thriller centered on a woman's disappearance.
Positive Role Models
A man in search of his missing girlfriend begins to discover that she's nothing like he thought she was.
Violence & Scariness
Action thriller violence throughout, as well as scenes of torture under interrogation. Characters shot and killed at close range; some blood. Gun violence, machine gun violence -- shootouts. Lead character hit on the head with a hammer and knocked out. Lead character uses a hammer to injure the arm and leg of one of his pursuants. Character pistol-whipped in the head. Taser used during interrogation. While under interrogation, lead character's hand is torn open, revealing an open bloody gash; he screams during this and blood is shown. Photo of a dead woman on a morgue table. Car crashes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk of sex. Lead female character shown in bathtub -- nonsexual, no nudity.
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Profanity throughout, including "f--k" "s--t," "f--ks--t," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "bitch," "goddamn," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
After he has knocked out and tied up a home invader, lead character bribes the assailant with prescription pills in exchange for information. Drinking in a bar, resulting in lead character jumping near the top of a hill while walking back with a friend and getting injured. Beer drinking in apartment between lead characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Come and Find Me is a 2016 thriller in which Aaron Paul plays a man who searches for his missing girlfriend and discovers that she wasn't the person he thought she was. Expect action-thriller violence throughout, including fight scenes with guns and machine guns, vehicle chases, foot pursuits, and characters shot and killed at close range. There are also scenes in which Paul's character is tortured under interrogation, first by a Mafia boss who uses a taser to get information, and then later by a shady government official who opens a hole in his hand, revealing a bloody gash. The lead character is knocked out, struck in the head by a hammer. He defends himself with a hammer, striking the leg and arm of one of his pursuants. Profanity throughout, including "f--k." Lead character uses prescription pills to extract information from a man who tried to break into his home. Lead character gets drunk in a bar, and attempts a jump from the high point of a hilly area between the bar and his house, resulting in him falling down bruised.
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What's the Story?
In COME AND FIND ME, graphic designer David (Aaron Paul) lives happily with his girlfriend Claire (Annabelle Wallis), a photographer, in their Los Angeles home. One day, Claire vanishes without a trace. The police are unable to find any leads, and while he fears the worst, the best-case scenario in David's mind is that she simply left him and didn't want to be contacted. Claire's college friend Buck comes to town to try to console David, and the morning after a bender, David leaves Buck in his house while he tells him he needs to run errands. Instead, David rides the bus and reminisces about his past with Claire, and gets home earlier than what he told Buck. When David opens the door, he finds that Buck is literally tearing the house apart in search of something, and when David confronts him, Buck knocks him out with a hammer. When David comes to, the police tell David that there are no records of Claire having attended college, or even of her having grown up in her hometown of Salt Lake City, and there are also no records of Buck's existence. While searching the house to figure out what Buck was looking for, David goes into the garden and finds a buried collection of photos. These photos appear to be hidden-camera footage of suspicious characters conducting business of some kind. After a thorough examination of the photos, David is able to track the location to a junkyard, where he has an unpleasant altercation with Russian mobsters who tell him to forget about Claire and move on. But it's now too late, as this altercation leads to an invasion of David's home, and a desperate search that leads David to Vancouver, where David begins to understand that Claire not who she said she was.
Is It Any Good?
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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- In theaters: November 11, 2016
- On DVD or streaming: January 17, 2017
- Cast: Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt
- Director: Zack Whedon
- Studio: Saban Films
- Genre: Thriller
- Run time: 112 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: Language and some violence.
- Last updated: February 3, 2023
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