Friday, January 24 2014, 07:40 AM MST
Sundance 2014: Love Child
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Valerie Veatch
Category: World Documentary
Synopsis: in 2010 a South Korean baby died of malnutrition while its parents were immersed in online video games.
Review: There is something very intriguing about husband and wife being so deeply immersed in the virtual world that they lose connection with the real world and as a result the child dies. How does this happen? What sort of for fulfillment to getting out of the virtual world but they cannot get out of reality? Unfortunately this documentary doesn't ever tell us. Instead of telling the story that we want to hear it offers us the story about the rise of popularity in virtual gaming and South Korea. While some of the social context is necessary to explain how this couple were able to allow the child to die too much of the focus is given to the culture rather than the individuals. For those who know nothing about the addictive qualities of online gaming this might prove interesting. For those who were more interested in trying to understand how to people could become so deeply immersed in a daydream that they would forget reality the film offers very little insight. What the filmmakers really needed was cooperation from the couple. Their involvement in the story would've made for something very fascinating. To try to understand how they saw the events would've made this film worth watching.
-Ryan Michael Painter