The man who created Megaupload got insanely rich via morally dubious means.
Caught in the Web opens by invoking a hoary cliche, in a close-up where Kim Dotcom compares his own crazy life to a Hollywood movie, the same kind of content that used to get traded back and forth over the rogue file-sharing site he created.
The origins of Megaupload begin with this lavish lifestyle, as he claims to have started the infamous file-sharing site as a way to share video footage from The Gumball Rally, a perennial race where rich elite go to party and tool around in expensive cars.
Multiple threads come together in Caught in the Web, but the film is most concerned with the series of events that began in 2012, with a raid on Dotcom’s New Zealand home by local authorities working in conjunction with the FBI.
Dotcom was arrested and held in custody, followed by filings to extradite him to the United States where he and others could face up to 8 years in prison for copyright infringement (that case is still ongoing).
When the film’s subject cites abuse suffered at the hands of an alcoholic father as the reason why, it’s the first manifestation of a predictable bid to pull at heartstrings.