This is my first post on here. I have a personal blog where I review movies (mainly horror). This is actually a review taken from my blog. I figured it's a good way to start this blog on MoviePilot. I have a high interest in horror movies and serial killers and criminals. I especially favor horrors/thrillers/documentaries that are based on or inspired by true stories and events, as well as horrors/thrillers/documentaries that are traced back to real life serial killers and criminals. In my opinion, films like these are not only entertainment, but history lessons and teachings about society today, and serves as a reality or a wake-up call and self awareness. One reason I decided to review this film is, as I was reading comments on IMDb prior to watching the film, a lot of people tend to think this film is real. While the way the film shows (documentary-style) can lead one to think it's real, doing a simple search on the film can clearly show that it's fictional, but inspired, subtly, by a real case.
"Megan Is Missing"
Release Date: May 2011.
Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Exploitation
Director: Michael Goi
Based on true events. 14-year-old Megan begins chatting with a seemingly charming and innocent man on a dating site. When she agrees to meet up with him, she learns he is not as innocent as he portrays.
I'm going to approach this film from two different angles:
As I am watching this film and getting more and more curious by the minute, I start to research the film and it's relevance to the true story. A lot of people think this movie is true because of the way it shows. Not to mention the film actually stating that it's based on true events. This is both fact and myth. The film itself is not a true story. Nor is it factually based on a young woman named Megan Stewart, nor Amy Herman. If you look on IMDb, you will see that these names are fictional and played by other people. I even tried to search the name Megan Stewart, and nothing came back as it relates to this movie, or anything of the sort. There's a Facebook page called "R.I.P. Amy Herman and Megan Stewart", but if you look closely, these are the same young women that played Megan Stewart and Amy Herman in the movie.
Of course this film is based on true events. During my search, there was a mention about "Megan's Law". According to The Free Dictionary, "Megan's Law was named after Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl from New Jersey, who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1994 by a neighbor who, unknown to the victim's family, had been previously convicted for sex offenses against children". (The Free Dictionary).
You can see the differences in the facts and the film "Megan Is Missing". For one, the real victim's name was Megan Kanka, as opposed to the fictional character, Megan Stewart. Second, the real victim was 7 years old, not 14 years old.
Looking back at the film, knowing the facts, and when you complete the process of elimination by weeding out the myths and planting the facts, you have a better understanding of "Megan Is Missing" in general, and why it was made. This film is meant to inform the audience about the dangers of Internet dating, and social media in general. So many people today have given up on finding love the traditional way, and have opted in to Internet dating sites and social media. Even Facebook has become a platform to meet new people and potential partners. The problem is not wanting to find love. The problem is where to look for love...and the ways of society today. It's already enough you have to be careful who you meet everyday on the street. Internet dating sites and social media platforms are an even higher risk, because you don't know who you're talking to. The person's profile may say one thing, however, the actual person may be completely different. There are a lot of predators on the Internet, stalking their prey, and young people, especially, must be careful who they chat with and who they agree to meet. The worst case scenario is you could end up like Megan and Amy.
Even though it took this movie 40+ minutes to get to the main point, or the good parts, this movie is pretty good. Most importantly, it holds a deep message for anyone who is patient and willing to listen. I definitely recommend all to watch this movie. Especially young people who are "on the prowl" and looking for love in all the wrong places.
IMDb. "Megan Is Missing". Web. 2015.
In Room 609. "Worst Case Scenario". Web. 2015.
**Images taken from IMDb.