FOUND

DIRECTOR: Scott Schirmer CAST: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck STORY: Little brother finds out his big brother is a sociopath. IMHO: Scott Schirmer’s supremely transgressive FOUND is a bold and...

DIRECTOR: Scott Schirmer

CAST: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck

4 Knives

STORY: Little brother finds out his big brother is a sociopath.

IMHO:

Scott Schirmer’s supremely transgressive FOUND is a bold and original foray into psychological horror with a gruesome edge. Suppose you’re a boy whose older brother is a serial killer. And you know he’s a sociopath. What do you do? The boy in FOUND keeps the secret. For a while. Until circumstances push him to unleash the secret as a psychological weapon against a little bastard of a schoolmate. The inevitable discovery by Big Brother of Little Brother’s knowledge leads to a just as inevitable confrontation. That’s why I don’t consider that information a spoiler. You know it’s coming. You just do. But by the time it happens, your emotional take on events has shifted. At least mine had. My net of Who I Am Rooting For had been recast, wider, and my feelings were deeper and more complex, my attachments challenging and dynamic. The boy in the film also undergoes a major transformation, going from being the unquestioning good kid who gets picked on mercilessly to being more enlightened and brutally wise, possessing a grim wisdom in excess of his parents suburban paradigm. FOUND is a complex with a lockhold on the viewer’s attention. The story is captivating, the characters profound and performed perfectly, the tenor of the movie in flawless sync with the material. Nearly everything about FOUND is beyond fault-finding. I will, however, confess to being a tad disappointed in a decision the boy makes at a crucial juncture on the brink of the eleventh hour, and the final blossoming of the older brother is logical and morbidly exciting, though also sad in a way. I didn’t want such a gap between he and I. Alignment gives way to askew-ness. But this criticism is the product of pure subjective engagement with the film. Just because a character makes a different choice than I’d have preferred when faced with a shocking storytelling/character development I’d have written differently doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with how FOUND climaxes and concludes. Ultimately, I cannot find fault with the film. And given the sort of story build-up with which it was dealing, it manages to meet the expectations it set. The closing scene and final shot are something else.

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