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About the Movie
From Chen Kaige, the acclaimed director of "Farewell My Concubine" and "The Emperor and the Assassin", comes a contemporary Chinese story inspired by today's digital world. The story begins when a young woman, who after learning of a terminal illness, is caught on video mistreating an elderly bus passenger. The video sparks intense debate on and off the Internet. Personal information and backlash goes viral and her life, and the lives of everyone around her, slip into chaos and media scrutiny. Faced with the choice of exposing her truth, or finding sanctuary in hiding, the balance between privacy and feeding a media frenzy rests solely in her hands.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 13
- Fresh: 2
- Rotten: 11
- Average Rating: 3.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A messy collision of strained portrayals, semi-comic incidents and tear-jerking tactics.
Rotten: Caught in the Web is an unpleasant cudgel of a film -- dour, moralistic and eager to thump.
Rotten: Caught in the Web finds director Chen Kaige vainly stumbling about in search of a tone or point.
Rotten: There's a stiffness to the actors' performances that reinforces the film's ambiguous tone. And Chen's use of jump cuts is jarring and arbitrary, their ubiquity upping the ante on the film's already tiring hyperactivity.
Contemporary Social Morality Interplay
It may be Chinese, up to the minute, but it plays as today's global morality and social values story. 4.25 stars and you will enjoy the bungee jump of life.
To what ends success? To get love, can it be bought, traded or stolen?
Young generation on the make, older generation slated with wealth, power and success, all of them lost but seeking emotional attachment in a disconnected milieu.
Excellent production, acting and thought-provoking, ultimately, emotional film.
Without love, life can be very hard at any age. People can be cruel, and life is cruel. So love is what you need. It is eternal, even for the most modern young hearts.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2013
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