MOVIE REVIEW: UNFRIENDED (Levan Gabriadze, 2014)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

My notes on Unfriended:

1. The power of social media is really scary. Cyberbullying now seems like a norm whenever any viral picture or video comes out. This film cleverly takes on these topics and adds a paranormal twist in the mix. I’ll probably be staying off Skype for the next few weeks.

2. The movie seemed to have been shot Birdman-style with one, long continuous take. The first few minutes might test your patience but once the tension starts, it won’t subside until the very last scene.

3. I watched this in a room full of teens and the movie, as expected, played surprisingly well. I guess people that are averse and unfamiliar with current technology (Skype, Facebook, Instagram, Google, iTunes) would not feel the whole impact (read: stress levels).

4. There were a lot of explaining that happened which seemed a bit off for this particular movie. For example, how can an internet savvy person not even know what an internet troll means? Or how to play Never Have I Ever?

5. At one point, the lead shared her screen and never disabled that setting but private conversations continued to be held after that. Did I miss anything?

6. These kids type really fast. It takes seconds to complete whole sentences. I barely passed Typewriting 101 so I’m jealous. Yes, it was an actual subject in high school.

7. Finally, we have teens behaving like real teens. No wonder everything felt genuine. And I actually cared about them in the entire 80 minutes that I’ve known them. They will be missed.

8. The scene where she Googled, “Val seizures” generated a lot of laughs because it was just on point and a natural reaction by anyone in that same situation.

9. 15GB download in less than a minute? I want that internet provider!! Wait, then why are the screens still buffering?

10. As with any found footage movie, it stops getting real once the characters continue filming even in emergency situations (in this case, people bringing their laptops everywhere).

11. Why didn’t the Facebook conversations not have the normal chat history? The screen just refreshed every time.

12. Never have I ever felt this scared/tense since the first Insidious. And this wasn’t even the typical horror movie. It was just a really good thriller. Definitely worth a watch. Start liking.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published May 1, 2015.)

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