Thursday, September 10, 2015

UNFRIENDED

Unfriended Movie Review

Exactly one year after one their classmates commits suicide, six friends are talking to each other via Skype when a mysterious seventh person, who is controlling the dead girls Facebook page, joins the party. The teens now find themselves in a race against the clock as they attempt to figure out who the person is---and stay alive while doing so. One thing everybody who has not seen this film yet should know right off the bat is that the entire film is shown from the point of view of lead character Blaire's computer--in other words it's a lot of

this...

this...

and this. 

This is a very unique approach to making a film, and to be honest, it is really hit or miss. On one hand you get the sensation that it feels real and you are seeing something you shouldn't be--it almost gives the feeling that you, as the viewer, are hacking into Blaire's computer yourself to watch the events unfold. On the other hand, if you are watching this film on a television, either hope you have a very large tele, or sit really close to it--some of the words on the screen are really small, and with such a large part of this film being silent as you read, it can feel overwhelming in that there are SO MANY words on the screen--all over the screen--at once. If you are looking for a likable character to get behind, you won't find one here--not even the "victim"--and I am okay with that in films such as this. The main setback in this movie, to me, is the acting--it's really bad across the board. Another drawback for me is the presentation. The computer screen is something I do not take major issue with--it's the video lag that comes with it when anything of any importance is happening. The death scenes are quick and marred with "video lag" and cutting out. It is terribly frustrating to see these scenes build up so well only to have little payoff. That said, the pace of the movie is fantastic, and once it gets going it will keep you glued to the screen (even if a lot of it is fairly predictable). The breaking down of the characters toward the end, and how quickly they begin to turn on each other, is well done. If you can manage to silence the I.T. guy in your head, and you can stop thinking to yourself "Why don't they just unplug the computer?" or "Why don't they just meet in person and talk this over?", you may find yourself enjoying this movie--I did, even though it falls short of its potential.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6



Unfriended Trailer (A LOT of the trailer isn't in the movie)

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