Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
The worst thing about films like this one is that theyíre like FIGHTCLUB; you canít really talk about them much without giving anything away. Suffice to say, thereís nothing left to the imagination that the back of the box or the trailer doesnít imply. We know Nev is heading for disaster here and I couldnít help but cringe every time he talked to Angela on the phone or when he started piecing things together and/or questioning what was going on. People are lonely these days and we live in a day and age where the internet has become a social hub where anyone, anywhere can get showered in attention they wouldnít normally get anywhere else. I canít say that Iíve never stretched the truth a bit, but nothing as diabolically complex as this.
My biggest question about this sort of situation simply put is this; ďAre you f*cking serious brah, are you seriously going to be duped like this?Ē I mean címon people, we live in a day and age where internet love stories are the butt end of jokes like, ďdude, ten bucks says youíre not even talking to a chick.Ē That said, in Nevís defence this did all seem legit at first and our first basic reaction is to believe people and take things at face value so I guess I canít blame him but Iíve only heard of a couple relationships that started online and had a happy ending so itís my humble opinion that the internet is not the place to go looking for love.
CATFISH is a great eye opener, especially if this is the first film of this sort youíve watched (had I not watched TALHOTBLOND Iíd have felt punched in the gut way harder). The dude I felt for the most was Angelaís husband who had a marvellously sober speech about Catfish at the end of the film, which clarified the naming of the film as up until that moment I had no idea what the correlation was. Everyone that dabbles on the internet should watch both CATFISH and TALHOTBLOND simply because these are examples of what can happen when a seemingly innocent lie takes hold, sprouts roots and then grows exponentially.