April 17, 20156 min

Growing up can be difficult, especially because other kids can be so cruel. When I was a wee lad, if you did have problems with someone at school, when you went home, for the most part you left that problem behind, or dwell on it like I did . Today it’s just a little different, because everything you do follows you where ever you go, all because if our online lives. Every comment, you make and every picture you take, good or bad leaves breadcrumbs that may come back to haunt you one day. What if those deeds lead something else to come back to haunt you? That is the question “Unfriended” poses for you to think about.

Laura (Heather Sossaman) doesn’t have very good friends. After a night of heavy drinking, Laura made a fool of herself, and some of her friends recorded it, and later shared it for everyone to see. Not being able to handle the embarrassment, Laura ends her life. One year later, Blaire (Shelley Hennig) and her boyfriend Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm) are having a online conversation, and making plans for the night of the school dance, when they are joined in their chat by three more of their friends and a mystery person. Blaire and Mitch’s friends are Adam (Will Peltz), Jess (Renee Olstead), Ken (Jacob Wysocki), and Val (Courtney Halverson), the later having a lot of anger. The mystery guest in their chat is unknown, but starts to pit each one against the other, as they begin to release secrets from their lives. As questions are asked, and messages are received, the pieces are put together, and each one of their past sins are coming back to haunt everyone in that video chat, the only question is who is responsible.

Coming from Blumhouse, the makers of every horror movie that cost ten dollars to make, you know they will come up with something different, and inexpensive. Blumhouse you see is the company behind the Paranormal Activity series, “The Purge”, and many more films like the ones mentioned. For there newest idea, from a screenplay written by Nelson Greaves, and directred by Levan Gabriadze, the film takes place completely on a computer screen. Now I know the first question you have, how is something on a computer screen going to scare you? Are they just going to show embarrassing videos? Or is it the old ghost in the machine trick? Well the answer is kind of both, and is it ever hard to watch. The idea, I will say is clever and maybe could be done right, but like some ideas, they sound a lot better than they come out. Too often it is difficult to know what is being said, as everyone tries to talk over one another. And if that doesn’t get you, the sounds you hear every day as you do everyday computer activities and texting, are amped up to the point they sound like nails on a chalkboard. With that said, this movie can be described in one word, and that is annoying. Everything pulls at your nerves from the words that are used, to the noise, which this film seems to have a lot of. After this the only fear that this movie produced was how much longer would it go on. This movie will makes its money, and we can look forward to the next chapter, “Unfriended 2: Log Off”. So if a friend asks you to see this movie this weekend, tell them no, and if I were you I would unfriend them, because no friend would put you through this.


Brian Taylor

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