Parents' Guide to

Keep Watching

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Flawed, unsympathetic, violent home invasion movie.

Movie R 2017 89 minutes
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This horror-thriller uses its dozens (hundreds?) of hidden cameras as a gimmick, which constantly distracts from the story ... even though the story and themes are absurdly thin. It's all practically pointless. Keep Watching was released in theaters for one night only, Halloween 2017, before eventually making its home-viewing debut (sympathies to those who spent their October 31 watching it). And it's flawed to its very core. The killers' only motive seems to be to get online views, and the movie isn't smart enough to comment on this in any meaningful way. The final "twist" doesn't even have anything to do with this theme (not to mention that it doesn't make sense).

Meanwhile, the bad guys magically seem to have a camera for every occasion and every conceivable angle. They even have a moving camera on tracks, mounted under a table, for the time that Jamie ducks under there looking for escape. Moreover, someone appears to either be editing all this footage on the fly -- or at least someone must have edited it after the fact. (Who?) The characters at the center of this overly convoluted framework don't offer much to care about; they mostly argue and think about themselves, to the point that you may not care much when any of them are brutally murdered. This ought to be called Stop Watching.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 31, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: February 6, 2018
  • Cast: Bella Thorne, Ioan Gruffudd, Chandler Riggs
  • Director: Sean Carter
  • Inclusion Information: Pansexual actors, Latinx actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, terror, some language and brief drug use
  • Last updated: June 1, 2023

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