12 August 2015

UNFRIENDED

UNFRIENDED

Alternate Title:
Cybernatural

Working Title:
Offline

German Title:
Unknown User

USA / Russia, 2014
Director: Levan Gabriadze

7/10


One of the absolute worst movies I've seen this year was Nacho Vigalondo's "Open Windows" (Review here). The movie's basic concept was great
- an entire movie that takes place on a computer screen - but the execution was so unbelievably awful, I couldn't believe my eyes. "Unfriended" was made on the very same concept, but thank goodness, compared to "Open Windows" (Fuck you, Nacho!), this one's amazing!

"Unfriended" takes place in real time over 82 minutes, showing an online conversation between several friends that suddenly gets disturbed by a mysterious, murderous supernatural force that uses the social network accounts of a dead friend to play a macabre and deadly game with the teenagers.


Russo-Georgian director Levan Gabriadze makes up for everything that Nacho (Fuck you!) did wrong, turning the gimmicky concept into a gripping little motherfucker of a movie that is packed with chills, thrills and jump scares that are actually good. The movie starts out slow, but becomes more and more tense, wilder, wackier with every single minute. Long, eerie scenes suddenly explode into your face, scaring the shit out of you, right before another plot twist comes along and turns your brain upside down. It's a really fun ride, though by the end, you realize that this is not just a simple horror film, but one with an unexpectedly powerful anti-bullying message. Yes, "Unfriended" manages to entertain you AND to enlighten you with a brutal depiction about how horrible bullying can be.

The usage of nearly every social network / imaginable is very well made and extremely believable. We're constantly jumping back and forth between YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Instagram etc. but not in an annoying or confusing way! Every jump is well-developed, well-handled, you never get lost in the events that happen on-screen because you quickly understand how the teenagers tick, how they use their computers, and what program / network / media player they'd use next - apart from one incredibly stupid scene where a girl tries to get help via Chatroulette *shakes head*


The acting is thoroughly great (best: Shelley Hennig, Renee Olstead / worst: Moses Jacob Storm) and the characters are all quite likable. The editing is brilliant, most of the effects are very decent and the way screenwriter Nelson Greaves included elements and plot points from classics like Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Pulse" or James Wan's "Saw" is just excellent. Several moments of utter stupidity, some horrid dialogue, a few questionable character decisions and a slightly underwhelming ending prevent me from giving it a 8/10, but other than that, "Unfriended" really kicks ass! Fuck you, Nacho!

8 comments:

  1. never have I ever: been looking forward to Unfriended 2!

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    1. never have I ever: been NOT looking forward to Unfriended 2! :-P

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  2. So glad and slightly surprised that you enjoyed this one as much as you did!

    On paper it sounds so stupid but it was a really good watch in the cinema. It is likely to be one of the better horror films I'll see in the cinema this year

    K :-)

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    1. Well, Karina, I was pretty surprised too! A bonkers concept splendidly executed. I enjoyed it!

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  3. I thought it sounded interesting, but then a raft of negative reviews turned me off. Now I'm back to interested!

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    1. Fuck the negative reviews. Go check it out!

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