REVIEW: Disturbing and unnerving, ‘Unfriended: The Dark Web’ unearths the darkest realms of the internet
PUBLISHED: 17:13 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 16 August 2018
An unnerving, dystopian depiction of the darkest realms of the internet, ‘Unfriended: The Dark Web’ will make you want to log out of social media a little more, if nothing else.
Unfolding in real time, and from the viewpoint of a laptop screen, it makes for a disturbing, digital age horror. Whilst the original Unfriended focused on the revenge of a seriously bullied girl from beyond the grave, this second instalment is far less supernatural and, ultimately, ten times creepier and scarily real.
When a 20-something finds a cache of exploitative hidden files on his new laptop, he and his friends are unwittingly thrust into the depths of the dark web - interrupting their Skype-facilitated game night. They soon discover someone has been watching their every move and will go to unimaginable lengths to protect the dark web.
Though it takes a while to really get going - the first third of the film is occupied with establishing each of the characters and getting the audience on their side, not wanting them to die - it’s not long before things turn dark and increasingly violent.
Stephen Susco, the producer of Get Out, Happy Death Day and The Purge, dials up the tension almost effortlessly with, at first, dodgy Wi-Fi and unwanted Facebook messages; later the real life death threats leave the group less than helpless.
But there’s a sting in the tale that really leaves a lump in the throat, aimed at getting the teenage target audience to question and reconsider their dependence on the internet and how much time is spent living through screens.
‘Unfriended: The Dark Web’ is now showing at The Light Cinema in Wisbech.
Visit www.wisbech.lightcinemas.co.uk/unfriended-dark-web for screening dates, times and tickets.