‘Open Windows’ is a 2014 found-footage thriller directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo. SpectreVision had a hand in its production before its premiere at South by Southwest.
Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood) is a “superfan” of actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). He is in Austin, Texas after winning a contest to interview for his fan e-zine. Watching a panel featuring her before their talk, he is contacted by a man named Chord (Neil Maskell) who claims to be Jill’s assistant telling him that she canceled their talk. Using Nick’s frustration against him, Chord is revealed to be an online stalker who plans on using Jill for web fame and he is framing Nick for the crime.
I usually do not care for the found-footage style of filmmaking. I find it that it is a cheap trick to get around actually having to do cinematography. This time, I found that it worked with this flick. Mostly shown through computer screens, webcams, security cameras, and dash-cams. it does a good job of knitting the plot together.
Now, the film had several subplots that I was unsure of how they worked with the film since some were not resolved. There was also the fact that we never really learn why Chord was doing what he was doing.
Outside of that, I did like it. The movie had a smart plot and I enjoyed it a great deal. Elijah Wood is, of course, excellent in his role. He has a tremendous amount of talent and it shows. Grey also does a good job as Jill, the actress embittered by her fame.
Bottom line, Open Windows has some hang-ups, but it is an interesting thriller that keeps you hooked to every twist and turn.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Sexual content, Minor nudity, Strong foul language
FAVORITE QUOTE: Disappear.
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