Catfish (2010)


“They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They’d keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn’t have somebody nipping at our fin.” – Vince

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A filmmaker decides to record his friend’s online relationship with a young woman which leads to some very surprising discoveries along the way.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never heard of beforehand and was intrigued about it when a friend told me the general premise.

The world we all live in can be quite scary especially when people hide behind usernames and passwords via technology.

This film shows how it’s possible to not be able to differentiate between truth and lies when seen from an online standpoint.

The choice to document this story as it unfolded was a great one since it proves to us all how sometimes truth and reality can be much more stranger than fiction could be.

I really enjoyed the way that this film uses technology to let the story slowly unfold (usually via the computer screen) and this helps us get a very personal look at how this story developed quite rapidly over time.

Some of the discoveries revealed to us during the journey of this documentary team are quiet astonishing to watch and this is a great way to show that the world we live in can be full of surprises even when we get into situations where we can never truly predict what could happen.

Bottom Line – Great idea that shows how little we can truly know about people over the internet. The decision to document this story was a great one since it proves ho reality can be even stranger than fiction. Really liked the way the story slowly unfolds especially with the use of technology and computers which helps us get a very personal look at how this story develops over time. Some of the discoveries of this documentary team are astonishing and this is a great way to show that the world can be full of surprises even in situations where we can never expect or predict the way that things could turn out. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As of August 2011, the film has been hit with two lawsuits and, according to Catfish distributor Relativity Media, the film has an unrecouped balance of more than $8.5 million and will not likely ever become profitable. Both of these lawsuits have to do with songs used within the movie not being attributed to their creators. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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