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A handful of teenagers make the mistake of baring their souls to the wrong person in this thriller. Eva (Imogen Poots) is a young model whose good looks and poise disguise her aching doubts about herself and her wishes she could be more like others. Jim (Matthew Beard) is still wrestling with the demons brought on by a painful childhood and tries to beat back his fears with drugs. Emily (Hannah Murray) feels plain and unattractive and is filled with resentment towards her ambitious father and
Jun 14, 2011
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'The Social Network' and 'Catfish' prove there are ripe films to be made on the dark side of web connectivity, but this is the rotten apple of the bunch.
Unfortunately the scenes set in the real world (the locations include Camden Lock and the London Zoo) are stilted and unconvincing, while those in the chatrooms become increasingly tedious.
Nakata - here making his English language debut - fails to drum up much in the way of tension from the plot's hoky attempt to exploit fears about the existence of online suicide clubs.
Pantomimic dialogue, stagey sets and underwritten characters render this instantly obsolescent.
A movie of utter, unspeakable, hideous awfulness. A movie that makes you want to prise open your brain and scoop out all memory of having watched it.
Director Hideo "The Ring" Nakata never connects with the script (by Enda Walsh, adapting from his own play).
The film finally fizzles into feeble melodrama, with all the power of an old episode of Grange Hill.
Plausible chills are offset by the film's clumsy youth-movie trimmings, which, through lurid visuals and ripe overacting by its largely unknown cast, drain most of the suspense and interest...
There's a great idea here, but this awkward and dated film struggles to bring the cyberspace experience to life in the form of a gritty teen thriller.
The gimmick is so poorly conceived that we spend most of the film converting what we are being shown into what is actually going on. It isn't worth the effort.
Poorly written and badly acted, Chatroom squanders its only decent idea early on and rapidly descends into a shallow-minded, lifeless thriller that fails to engage on any level whatsoever.
There are times when Nakata skilfully blends the real world with cyber unreality to illustrate how impressionable youngsters can end up wondering just which world they are in at any time.
In the end, Nakata's notion of a web gone wild has moments of visual merit, but is a little too clinical and coldly cynical.
A film that never approaches the real-life terror of discovering your broadband's down.
Nakata skilfully takes us into the real and virtual lives of a group of London teenagers and shows us, with terrifying consequences, the power and ability to manipulate reality in a virtual world.
A plodder that prefers to explain (and then repeat the explanation) rather than let the audience use their imagination.
Based on a play, and adapted by the original playwright, sadly the narrative hasn't translated at all well and the structure feels out of place.
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