Synopsis: A group of young friends are terrorized (online and in real-time) on the one year anniversary of their friend’s suicide.
What do you get when you mix horror, social media, bullying and sex-crazed teenagers? You get “Unfriended”, a movie about the dangers of cyberbullying and betrayal. It takes place entirely on the laptop of young teen, Blaire. You see, Blaire’s best friend, Laura committed suicide because she received tons of nasty comments from posters telling her to kill herself because of an embarrassing video. The movie takes place on the one year anniversary of her death. It seems to be just another day for Blaire and her friends, except for an uninvited guest. No matter what they say or do, they can’t get the annoying brat to leave! The lurker claims to be the ghost of dead “friend” Laura. She’s not leaving until she gets what she came for.
This movie is sort of like the book, “Big Little Lies”. It has a slow start, but once you’re ready to give up on it, that’s when it gets interesting. And it stays that way until the last frame. I really loved how the film was made. I don’t think I’ve seen a film done like this before. Of course they have many, many movies that featured the Internet and computers. But this is the 1st one I’ve seen that has been done entirely on someone’s computer. It feels so real, right down to the pixelation. But that was a bit overdone. It feels like a typical day at home on the computer. (I haven’t actually used Skype yet, but hopefully I will.) That may seem like a recipe for boredom, but it’s anything but.
As the movie progresses, it gets more intense. Secrets are exposed. Lies are told. There’s a ton of backstabbing going on. You wonder how close these “friends” actually are. On top of being a horror movie, it’s also a look into the modern way of bullying. Now you can hide behind anonymous fake usernames and the web. How tragic. It’s very sad to see, but also makes for an entertaining movie.
Despite the slow start and unlikable characters, I thought “Unfriended” was a fun, entertaining movie. I give it a 8/10.