Unfriended (2015) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Unfriended (2015) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2015
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Cast and crew: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman, Mickey River, Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer, Christa Hartsock
  • Director:  Levan Gabriadze
  • Screenwriter:  Nelson Greaves

Unfriended (2015) Rating:

  • Dylan = 6.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • IMDb = 5.6 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.2 / 10;

Unfriended (2015) Synopsis:

One year after a young girl was bullied into killing herself because a shameful video of her was posted on the internet, a bunch of friends is contacted by what seems to be her dead profile.

Unfriended (2015) Review:

Unfriended is clearly a movie that has divided the audience but left no one indifferent. A lot of people got angry at it, usually because of the movie’s format and how cheap it looks. Basically, all movie happens on a teen girl’s computer screen, in real-time, and you get to see her Skyping, messaging, emailing, Facebooking, etc. I agree that it probably didn’t cost a penny to film this… but what matters if the movie is actually a lot of fun.

I sat to watch Unfriended with an open mind and found myself really pleased with it. Maybe because I am quite a nerd myself, I found the format is really immersive. I usually spend a lot of time on a computer and this felt real enough to me. In contrast, viewers who aren’t PC addicted might find the movie aspect quite annoying instead.

The movie itself is really gripping. It first rouses the audience curiosity and later replaces it with some great tension. Despite happening on a computer, it is perfect and contains lots of scary moments and story twists. It can even be quite scary if you manage to get into it.

Despite the existence of movies such as The Den or Open Windows which already used the computer interface heavily, Unfriended brings something new in that it happens in real-time, like one giant take.  I am however afraid that this movie might well be a precursor to a new “shared screen” subgenre… like what The Blair Witch Project started with the found footage genre. But please…. filmmakers….don’t do it…once or twice is ok… more will inevitably lead to utter rubbish.

Overall, Unfriended is a great surprise that I warmly recommend to all the “open-minded” horror fans, and absolutely disrecommend to found-footage haters.

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