Facebook has become the world where you aren’t what you post. Fifteen fake Facebook profiles, a million little lies, a nine month online relationship, one person. Catfish is the movie that addresses Facebook drama, relationships and lies. Within this two hour movie, you will be drawn into the world of Nev, a fellow ‘facebookee’, as hediscovers the new reality of what can happen if you subject yourself to the dangers and lies of this new media revolution we call Facebook. You will meet Angela, Megan, Abby and others affiliated with Nev in one way or another, and be utterly shocked with what you find out as Nev goes on a journey to Michigan to meet his dream girl, or so he thinks. Within this movie, you will question the validity of social networks, and be opened to the dangers of this thing we call Facebook.
The movie I recently watched was titled Catfish. It was directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost and filmed mainly in Michigan. This movie was made in September of 2010 and featured main actors Yaniv Schulman (Nev), Ariel Schulman, Angela Wesselman and Melody C. Roscher, who plays herself but isn’t seen in the movie as often as Nev and Ariel. These actors all starred as themselves and bring you into their world as they document their trip to the truth. When Nev suspects his online girlfriend Megan may be lying about some of the things she has said in previous conversations and on Facebook, Nev and his friends make the trip to Michigan to find out the truth once and for all-and are shocked with what they find. This movie is full of unexpected twists that will leave you questionable about Facebook, and what it is meant to do.
This movie has a lot going on. Between the feelings of Nev, Angela, Megan and Abby, you find out the characteristics of each actor, and are drawn into the life of each character. This movie opens up with the character Nev, and his online friendship with a 19-year-old girl named Megan. They have met each other through mutual friends, and they immediately hit it off on the computer. They begin calling, texting and Facebook chatting as often as possible. Megan and Nev then decide to take it to the next level and begin dating over the internet, more specifically over Facebook. As their relationship progresses to months of dating (9 to be specific), Nev begins to get a bit suspicious about Megan, as a lot of the things she says seem like they might be lies. He basically comes up with the conclusion that Megan is lying, and wants to confront her about it. So, Nev and his buddies make the trip to Michigan, and all the lies are revealed there.
The most important character in this movie was quite obviously Nev, who had the idea of everything himself. But, I don’t think Angela is given enough credit for who she is and how intriguing she really is. You don’t realize who Angela really is and what she is capable of. Now, don’t get me wrong, Angela did plenty of bad things. Lying, cheating and scheming were all on her list. But I don’t think people understand the brilliance of Angela; how she was able to do what she did in a short amount of time, how she kept Nev and his friends in the dark for so long. She truly is a schemer. Angela went completely out of her way to make Nev believe multiple things that were not true. She acted as multiple people and didn’t seem to have a problem with it. Angela hurt many people, but all she seemed to care about was herself, and what was going on in her life. She managed to keep her family afloat, while living a cyber life. That is quite simply brilliance. She was literally living the best of both worlds.
I would recommend this movie for any teenagers or any adults to see. It was not only a good movie just to see, but it gives out a feeling of suspense as well as drawing you in. This movie is something that billions of people can relate too; Facebook. It crosses that line between what is danger and what is not and opens up a brand new way of thinking to the viewer. This movie is not only for entertainment, but it is meant to open your eyes to see what could easily happen if we became dependent on a social media network. Nev, fell for it. Yes, he will be okay. Yes, Angela will be okay. But they will both be changed. This movie is a must-see for teenagers and adults that are avid Facebook users. It may not only change their opinion on what they are doing on Facebook, but also it will help show teenagers and adults the dangers of this social media, and help them in the long run.