UNFRIENDED takes horror to a new level!
Whether itâ€™s a casual status update, a shared photo, or a short clip to a group of friends or family, modern communication has made our on-and-offline lives virtually indistinguishable. Often misguiding and full of narcissistic bullshit, while the majority of the hourly stream of digital media we receive and distribute is oddly welcoming, some of it is disturbing and as weâ€™ve seen on the news before, sometimes deadly.
UNFRIENDED follows what happens when a seemingly innocent online prank starts a sequence of events that spirals out of control. The plot slowly starts unveiling itself over a teenagerâ€™s screen as she and her friends are slowly stalked by an unseen figure who seeks revenge for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.
Better than I expected! Uniquely shot, its framing amplifies the narrative. One thatâ€™s basically an hour-and-twenty minutes of a cynical, cyber game of â€œthe weakest link.â€ Interestingly built, for horror movie purposes it’s the coolest social media chat youâ€™ll ever encounter.
Logically, there are lots of bones to pick with this movie. (Example: where the fuck are the parents!?) However, even though logic may be this pieceâ€™s downfall, it’s definitely an intense new brand of horror. What starts off silly and way too juvenile, morphs into cruel payback at the hands of the most subtle form of weapon: the internet! UNFRIENDED doesn’t provide memorable characters, but they do define the most common, naive victims often trapped in this form of chaosâ€¦ dumb-ass teenagers!
Its new form of swag grants this my respect, approval and full recommendation for those who enjoy a little suspense sprinkled with jump-scares.
Grade: B / Genre: Horror / Rated: R / Run Time: 1 Hr. 20 Min.
Starring: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki and Courtney Halverson
Directed by: Levan Gabriadze