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Come and Find Me: Blu-ray + Digital HD Review

Come and Find Me (2016) movie poster Come and Find Me

Theatrical Release: November 11, 2016 / Running Time: 112 Minutes / Rating: R

Writer/Director: Zack Whedon

Cast: Aaron Paul (David Larraine), Annabelle Wallis (Claire Collins), Chris Chalk (Buck Cameron/Kyle), Zachary Knighton (Charlie), Enver Gjokaj (Alexander), Michael Kopsa (Rezart), Terry Chen (Detective Chris Sloan), Garret Dillahunt (John Hall)

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Bryan Cranston has transitioned from television star to leading man of film at age 60, so it stands to reason that his "Breaking Bad" co-lead Aaron Paul, aged 37, could do the same. Paul got his best shot in 2014's Need for Speed, adapted from the video game series. It was a non-starter domestically, though, failing to recover two-thirds of its budget at the North American box office.
Since then, Paul has gotten supporting roles in major movies like Ridley Scott's disappointing Exodus: Gods and Kings, Gavin Hood's overrated Eye in the Sky, and the buddy comedy Central Intelligence. When Paul takes a lead role, odds are the film isn't getting an easily-found, chartable theatrical release.

Written and directed by Zack Whedon, the younger brother of The Avengers' Joss Whedon and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."'s Jed Whedon, Come and Find Me gives Paul its one and only leading role. Perhaps that's why the titular phrase was more of a challenge than an invitation in limited theatrical release last fall. This R-rated film -- part action thriller, part romantic dramedy -- was reviewed by a handful of critics last November when it supposedly opened in theaters. But this week's Blu-ray and DVD release will be the first that most people are hearing of it and subsequently assuming it to be a direct-to-video effort.

Paul plays David Larraine, who at the film's opening follows a young woman (Annabelle Wallis) off a bus and discovers they both live at the same house. It's a bit of silly roleplay; David and the woman, Claire, are cohabitating boyfriend and girlfriend and have been for a while. What isn't roleplay is when Claire disappears the next day. David can't find her anywhere. Hours turn to days and a year later, Claire is still missing without a trace.

In Zack Whedon's "Come and Find Me", David Larraine (Aaron Paul) finds himself in danger while searching for his missing girlfriend.

The film uses flashbacks to show us how David and Claire first met and how their relationship developed and evolved. Meanwhile, David discovers the guarded Claire was not exactly who she said she was. Nor was her friend from college (Chris Chalk), who rips apart David's house after catching up with him. Evidently, Claire has disappeared before.
Dry cleaning and photography were not her only lines of work. She was mixed up with some dangerous people and involved in top secret missions. Clinging to hope, David persists in looking for her, hoping for a breakthrough.

Come and Find Me is more interesting as a romance movie than as a search-and-rescue thriller. But the latter is much easier to sell and market, and that is made the primary attraction here as seen in the cover design. Paul is perfectly competent as leading man. Right now, opportunities and his unproven commercial track record are keeping him from being a movie star. He may just need to put in more work in film to land better parts. Otherwise, he has the Hulu original series "The Path" keeping him employed and visible.

Making his feature debut both as writer and director, the TV-seasoned Zack Whedon ("Fringe", "Southland", "Halt and Catch Fire") does not display the flair that earned his eldest brother the cult followings that led to big time superhero movie paydays. But there are some interesting ideas in Come and Find Me and plenty of appeal to the time-taking, nonlinear presentation. Generic threats to our protagonist also threaten our interest and there is pretty much only one satisfying finale you can conceive and predict. But the movie ends up being a passable enough diversion, one you can't argue that theaters are lacking but also one you can't deny theaters would get if, say, Mark Wahlberg or Liam Neeson were cast in the lead role.

Come and Find Me is joined by Digital HD on Blu-ray from Lionsgate.

Come and Find Me Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD cover art - click to buy from Amazon.com Blu-ray Disc Details

2.40:1 Widescreen
5.1 DTS-HD MA (English)
Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired, Spanish
Extras Not Subtitled; Not Closed Captioned
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Suggested Retail Price: $24.99
Single-sided, single-layered disc (BD-25)
Blue Eco-Friendly Keepcase in Cardboard Slipcover
Also available on standalone DVD ($19.98 SRP) and Amazon Instant Video

VIDEO and AUDIO

Come and Find Me may be a low-budget film, but it looks just fine on Blu-ray, the 2.40:1 element staying sharp and vibrant throughout. The 5.1 DTS-HD master audio soundtrack also gets the job done, with a prominent score grabbing your notice more than any action sounds.

Zack Whedon discusses his directorial debut in "Unraveling the Mysteries of 'Come and Find Me.'" Aaron Paul treats a torture wound on the "Come and Find Me" Blu-ray menu.

BONUS FEATURES, MENUS, PACKAGING and DESIGN

The Blu-ray's extras begin with an audio commentary by writer-director Zack Whedon and producer Chris Ferguson. They supply information as it applies to what's onscreen,
but this isn't really a movie that many will feel compelled to delve deeper into and warn to learn how it is made. There is a lot of talk about David's occupation as a graphic designer and shooting in Vancouver without hiding that. I'd categorize this as a waste of time unless you can multi-task with it on.

On the video side, there is "Unraveling the Mysteries of Come and Find Me" (6:54), a brisk but fine making-of featurette that serves up the usual blend of film clips, talking heads, and behind-the-scenes footage.

"Also from Lionsgate" repeats the disc-opening trailers for The 9th Life of Louis Drax, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, The Whole Truth, Imperium, and Cell. Come and Find Me's own trailer is not found here.

The menu loops a piano-scored montage of clips over a colorful static cross-section taken from the cover art.

The full-color disc sits across from the Digital HD code insert in an eco-friendly keepcase that is topped by a glossy slipcover.

Happier times: David (Aaron Paul) and "Claire" (Annabelle Wallis) admire her marker handiwork on the ceiling of their new place.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Come and Find Me is an okay movie that won't attract a huge audience but won't gravely disappoint those giving it a chance. Lionsgate's Blu-ray provides a fine feature presentation plus a suitable commentary and featurette. Aaron Paul fans, this one's for you.

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Reviewed January 21, 2017.



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