A Simple Favor Shows a Creepy Side to Technology

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A Simple Favor Shows a Creepy Side to Technology

CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT. DON’T READ IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON SEEING THIS MOVIE!

This weekend, my friends and I grabbed some blankets and snacks and went to see A Simple Favor in theaters. We love Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, and thrillers, so we felt it was necessary to see the movie ASAP. The plot revolves around Stephanie (Kendrick), a single mom who is way too involved at her son’s preschool and has a mommy vlog. She meets Emily (Lively) through their sons and the two become friends. Stephanie soon learns Emily has a dark past when she goes missing and is found dead in a lake.

The entire movie made me realize how involved technology is in our lives and how easy it is to dig up information on someone. Anyone can do it, not just cops! Throughout the film, technology is used to locate people and information on their pasts. If someone really wants to find out where someone lives, where they’ve lived before, what things they’ve done in the past, or simply who they really are, it can probably be looked up online or in some sort of data base. Not that I have anything to hide, but it’s kind of creepy, right?

Another technological aspect of the film has to do with recording. Stephanie puts up several vlogs, or video logs, online for her fellow mom friends to view. This use of video is later used to catch a criminal through a small camera. The FBI also tries to set up mini microphones in a house in one scene and they also seize several items, including a computer and other devices. It almost makes me want to chuck my computer and Alexa out the window…do we have any privacy or is our technology always listening?

Regardless, I thought A Simple Favor was amazing. It was thrilling, mysterious, thought-provoking, and exciting with several plot twists throughout. It has some serious Gone Girl vibes. So if you’re into those kinds of movies, I recommend going to see it!


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