I really am conflicted about the documentary Abducted in Plain Sight. Like, to my core conflicted. It is a documentary I abhorred. And yet, it was a movie I couldn’t take my eyes off of.

Generally, here at THiNC., I talk about crazy time traveling movies. Closed box movies. I talk about mind job movies that wouldn’t normally hit your radar in a million years because you are too busy being distracted by other movies that aren’t worth your time! hahaha. But movies like Green Room, 10×10, ARQ, or the phenomenal movie I reviewed yesterday, Always Shine, are normally where I point our attention. But occasionally I have brought documentaries to your attention. Films like the mindblowingly good Icarus, Command and Control, or maybe the more relaxing, Gentleman of Letters – regardless, my point being, I occasionally bring you documentaries. Believe you me.

But with this one, Abducted in Plain Sight, gah. I already know I’m not going to make it a THiNC. Approved movie (which, if you want to see my list of recommended movies, you can always watch this link right here.) Even so, it’s still a train wreck of a movie. A movie that once you start, you won’t be able to stop.

Generally on this site, I do full scale deconstruction and theorizing for our discussion purposes. But as this is just historical fact, it won’t do us any good to break it down. Though if you guys want to discuss it, I’d be happy to join in the conversation in the comments. Regardless, it’s a crazy little story about how a man manipulated an entire family in order to get access to the twelve and fourteen year old

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4 Responses

  1. Lisa

    This documentary infuriated me! Same as you, I just could not shut it off. I think trying to discuss it is really moot as there is just no hope for some people out there. As a parent, I was truly sickened.

  2. Taylor

    I know, right? I literally would never talk to these parents ever again if they were my parents. Think about it. They cared more about their own necks than that of their daughter’s. If I had been compromised by some guy, and my children were at risk, I’d go down in a ball of flame. But maybe that’s just me.

  3. Michael S

    Absolutely on point with your sentiments, it reminded me slightly of Blue Car, though a lot more terrifying with its basis in actual events. A difficult, frustrating watch but one that one has to finish just to see where it all ends up.

  4. Laura

    Wow. I just watched this movie after going through your blog. You were so right. I’m completely stunned. What a gripping and stunning tale that was.


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