Unfriended: Dark Web Review (2018)

 

Unfriended: Dark Web is fast paced horror that you might want to check it out.

The Story

A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.

The Review (Spoiler Free)

I didn’t have high expectation of this movie, but I am glad I watched it because the movie is fast pace, smart, creative thrill ride that will keep you glue to the screen until the very end.

Dark Web is following up of the original film called Unfriended from 2015.  But it is technically not a sequel.  It is its own independent movie which has no relationship with first movie.  Only similarity is how the movie is shot. The entire movie is on one of the character’s laptop screen. We view everything through Matias’ eyes (played by Colin Woodell) as he constantly toggles back and forth between Facebook chat, Wikipedia, Spotify and a Skype session with his closest friends on game night. This technique creates an authentic computer experience to which we can all relate to.

The movie spend some time in the beginning developing each the character barely enough so that we feel some sympathy for them.  The acting from all the casts are very good.

Opening scene is where the the main character, Matias, is setting up a new laptop he just got.  Things get interesting when Matias reveals that he stole the laptop from the lost and found at the café where he works, and he discovers a hidden folder which contains many strange videos.

The pace of the movie is very fast, so you have to focus and pay attention to what is going on. But the movie is not confusing.  It does good job explaining what is happening. Suspense and anxiety build through Matias’s frantic multi-tasking and breathless pauses as he stares at the three bubbles on Facebook chat, waiting for a response-an experience we have all had.

Dark Web doesn’t have any paranormal element to it.  It exploits our fears about the dark side of the internet that we use everyday. So the movie is very realistic because it can happen to anyone.

Dark Web has a surprise twist in the story and the ending is very satisfying. Overall, this is a well-made and creative horror film.

In the Nutshell

Unfriended: Dark Web is fast paced creative horror thriller that I recommend highly.  [ 5 out of 5 stars.]

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Genre: Thriller

Rotten Tomato Rating: 57%/ 40%

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