Found (2012)

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Movie Review
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Directed By: Scott Schirmer

Starring: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless

Synopsis: A grisly discovery leads a young boy to discover that his brother is a serial killer.

Thoughts: There isn’t a better genre out there for small budget films to shine than the horror genre. Although special effects play a significant role in horror films, a solid story backed up with a good cast and a careful eye behind the camera can deliver an amazing end product, which is exactly what you get with Found.

At its core, Found is really a coming of age story as Marty struggles with the same things most kids do these days. The pressures of school and bullies make his life difficult, but those take the back seat when he discovers a severed head in his older brother’s closet. Marty struggles with his emotions and how to confront his brother, all the while getting pulled deeper into the situation.

The acting in Found is fantastic, as is the script, making Found seem very real. So many times a bad actor or terrible dialogue can break the suspension of disbelief. Gavin Brown, who plays Marty, was very impressive in his first feature role. He was awarded a handful of Best Actor prizes at film festivals. Ethan Philbeck, who plays the older brother, is excellent as well, portraying a broken person that moves between psychotic tendencies and unflinching love for his brother with ease.

Director Scott Schirmer has a handful of credits to his name, but it’s safe to that Found is his most well-known film. With the splash it has made, I would wager that we will hear more from Schirmer in the near future. Ours is a genre that is always looking for the next big thing.

There are a lot of low-budget, independent movies that receive accolades and are considered “must see” that are ultimately disappointing. Found is one of my favorite movies of 2014 (although it was made in 2012, 2014 is really when it was making the rounds.) I can’t recommend Found enough. Watch it.


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