Come Play is a 2020 American horror thriller written and directed by Jacob Chase. The main characters are Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., Azhy Robertson and Winslow Fegley in this movie. The soundtrack for the film composed by Roque Baños, photography Maxime Alexandre and Edited Works Gregory Plotkin.
It tells the story of a troubled child (Robertson) and his family, the target of monsters manifesting with electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets. The project is based on the horror movie. Chase and looks back on early Amblin films such as The Besieged Family in Poltergeist and The New Mother, another horror movie.
Newcomer Azhy Robertson plays Oliver, a lonely boy who feels different from everyone else. Desperate for a friend, looking for comfort and protection on their ubiquitous phone and tablet. When a mysterious creature uses Oliver’s device against him to enter our world. Oliver’s parents (Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.) must fight to save their son from off-screen monsters.
For Oliver, the iPad with its image-sound application is not a toy, but his greatest hope for a meaningful connection with the outside world. Unfortunately, they still have one thing in common with Larry, in the form of a digital picture book called “Misunderstood Monsters”. Image creation by business partners Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona.
If the summer blockbuster master had ever noticed the handling of this supernatural thriller. His sense of style would be as evident as fingerprints dripping on cool glass. But this time nothing got heated when Michelangelo touched his finger between the boy and the skinny, inhuman “friend”.
Chase draws strong parallels between Oliver and Larry in developing his character. Maybe the link is too close. Both isolated in their community because they different and seek eternal companionship in the dark times of their lives. There are two ways to look at Larry’s actions. He’s scared because he cares. In the view of the minister, his evil deeds, while traumatic. Could interpreted as protection and encouragement for Oliver’s development.
“Come Play” uses a lot of screen time for their isolated childhood and even for our younger generation to reproduce traditional ghost stories of plague fear. The concept is ambitious and takes the Jacob Chase movie beyond what it should be, but many of the best elements of “Come Play” feel underdeveloped and the movie is getting a lot more frustrating than it could be.