Chatroom (2010)



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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 mother. And Mo (Daniel Kaluuya) struggles with his sexual desires for children, in particular the sister of a close friend. These four young people are frequent visitors to an internet chat room, where they can talk about their fears and anxieties while being drawn out by the compassionate moderator. But the man who runs the chat room is not all he seems. William (Aaron Johnson) is the unstable and neglected son of a successful author (Megan Dodds); he's grown to hate his more confident brother Ripley (Richard Madden) and has established the chat room in order to manipulate others to his own ends by getting them to share their secrets and using this knowledge against them. Chatroom was the second English-language feature from Japanese horror veteran Hideo Nakata. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Chatroom

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Dec 27, 2010 | Full Review…
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The film finally fizzles into feeble melodrama, with all the power of an old episode of Grange Hill.

Dec 23, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

'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.

Dec 21, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Veers into thriller territory with predictable results. It's strange that a movie so lacking in substance arrives with such pedigree.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Shallow, violent movie could spark teen discussion.

May 20, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 27, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chatroom

A disastrous attempt on satirizing the chatroom culture. 5 spoiled teens met online and encourage each other to do outrageous actions. I really did not like the style the film used, also the acting was rubbish. I was practically bored to death. Michelle Fairley starred in this film, possibly the only reason why I watched it.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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Utter waste of time. The construct of acting out interactions in an online chatroom as a real environment would be a clever idea in 1992 when the internet was new and unfamiliar territory but just looks silly today because we know it doesn't work this way. Matthew Beard plays a total douche for no apparent reason who gets his kicks by manipulating "friends" he makes in a chatroom called 'Chelsea Teens!' and the last half-hour is tediously spent trying to get one of them to commit suicide while the others try and stop him. If she can get some meaty roles, Imogen Poots will be a star: you heard it here first! She caught my attention as a peppy boarding schoolgirl in Cracks and is very good as a reforming rich bitch here, but as part of an ensemble she can't rescue this by herself since the rest of the cast range from unconvincing (Beard fails at charisma and Hannah Murray is waaay too bubbly) to barely adequate. One star obviously signifies a very bad movie and Chatroom isn't outright awful like most one-star movies, but it simply doesn't contain anything beyond Poots worth recommending.

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Doctor Strangeblog

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Cast: Aaron Johnson, Imogen Poots, Matthew Beard, Hannah Murray, Daniel Kaluuya, Megan Dodds, Michelle Fairley, Nicholas Gleaves, Jacob Anderson, Ophelia Lovibond Director: Hideo Nakata Summary: Five teenage chat buddies engage in a deadly game of cat and mouse as charismatic online predator William (Aaron Johnson) discovers his next victim in Jim (Matthew Beard), and Jim's friends Eva (Imogen Poots), Emily (Hannah Murray) and Mo (Daniel Kaluuya) try to free him from the clutches of the nefarious manipulator. Their online world bleeds into reality. My Thoughts: "William is quite a sadistic person. He can't deal with his own issues so he starts living vicariously through others suicides. Literally brain washing them and feeding off their depression. The movie is interesting but very sad. The ending isn't too satisfying either. I had hoped for a different outcome. I wanted more of a 'lets get him into a psychratric hospital for help', ending. But the film went for a more dramatic shock value ending instead, which I guess works for the film. Aaron Johnson delivers a great performance as the harrowing William. The rest of the cast does well, but Aaron definitely out shined them. This little indie thriller is worth taking a look at."


Super Reviewer

I cannot remember how I found this unrated piece of British film but I am very happy I did. It was without a doubt one of the most reftreshing original takes on internet culture I have ever seen. Beautifully shot and with a cast of relativley unknown teens (or so they are supposed to be) this movie touches so many taboos it is gripping to watch. Although it was not what I was expecting, as it was pinned as a "horror", I feel that it delivered more than I could have hoped for. Deeply psychological and unrelenting in its subtext, Chatroom is a must see.

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