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Old January 26th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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Saw "untraceable" tonight.

Had a choice between it and "Cloverfield". After the review of that, I opted for "untraceable". (I'm one of those who gets sick at shaky footage and can't watch. Heck, I've even lost it sitting closer than the 4th row on a normal flick. So alas, I may never see Cloverfield. The theater even had signs up warning about possibly becoming ill).

I don't think there are any "spoilers" here, though maybe in the next paragraph. In fact, the film reveals everything pertinent as it progresses. I liked "untraceable", and would recommend it. The storyline is arguably formulaic, and it's not THE most suspenseful movie I've ever seen, but it's certainly captivating and engrossing. Having seen it, I realize that the point of the movie may not hit home until it's ended, the credits have rolled, and you've begun to think about what you just saw.

You may want to read on only after you've seen the movie.

If you found it captivating, does it put you in league with all those who visit the fictitious web site in the movie? Some things, despite being incredulous, can be difficult to turn away from, almost hypnotic. I'm not sure if that's because of an innate hope for a better outcome, or from watching something so unbelievable simply because it IS unbelievable, i.e. you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it. When the movie's over, ask yourself: would you have visited the web site, knowing that by doing so you'd be contributing to someone's grossly painful death? Someone you never knew or met, and who never did anything to harm or even embarrass you? I think the movie serves a strong commentary on the detached or blase` attitude we assume when we use the web. Except, of course, here at dvinfo, where we're all supposed to "own up" to being ourselves. (Or did I over-analyze it)?
Our actions are based on our own experience and knowledge. Thus, no one is ever totally right, nor totally wrong. We simply act from what we "know" to be true, based on that experience and knowledge. Beyond that, we pose questions to others.
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