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Unfriended subverts found-footage horror clichés to deliver a surprisingly scary entry in the teen slasher genre with a technological twist.
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It's a premise that seems ridiculous until you start to realize it might actually be brilliant, or at least charmingly clever.
I'll admit the film held my attention but I left the theater unsatisfied, which I think will be a common reaction among those not within the demographic niche for which the production was mounted.
Unfriended is genuinely innovative and experimental.
Unfriended is from a new generation: film-makers who now have the web in their bloodstream, for whom online interaction is a natural part of life. They've used a new language to create a smart, ingenious, subversive and scary movie.
You feel some mild critique of lives lived through web applications. What you don't feel is sustained visceral fright.
You might find yourself rooting for the murderer.
Kudos to director Leo Gabriadze, working from a tight script by Nelson Greaves, for creating suitable tension and sustaining it throughout the film's running time.
Despite the interesting premise, the problems in this film are too infantile to truly scare audiences. [Full Review in Spanish]
En vez de aceptar su estúpida naturaleza, Eliminar amigo prefiere huir de ella.
It's clear that the cast and crew had fun with "Unfriended," and that fun carries over to the audience. It's unlike anything you've seen before, but will likely be the new blueprint for the genre.
While it's hardly a nonstop bloodbath, there are jolts of gory violence that provide worthy horror punch, and the dialogue is naturalistic in its use of hard slang.
It worked as a way to teach teens to be more compassionate when it comes to cyber bullying, and it effectively demonstrated that whatever you put on the internet is there forever.
Okay, ending was a bit silly, but considering this story takes place entirely on one girl's computer screen, I found this an original and interesting idea. It had me quite tense in a few places, so overall I would say it it works.
An exhausted and cliched version of the modern day dangers of the web.
More efficient than other recent "computer windows" horror flicks like The Den and Open Windows, it knows how to build tension and is clever to show what the protagonist is thinking through the way she writes (and sometimes erases before sending) messages on her computer screen.
You'd think that after every failed found-footage type film, studios would learn that the genre is down in the dumps by now. Boy do I love thinking that when walking into a movie and then being totally surprised. "Unfriended" Focusses mostly on the character of Blaire as she group skype calls her boyfriend along with a few of their friends. After losing one of their friends through suicide, a mysterious caller pops up in their group chat session. Wreaking havoc on their lives, it seems to be the ghost of Laura Barns (their deceased friend) or a computer hacker messing with their heads. Forcing the lies out of them until death begins to ensue, "Unfriended" is a tense thriller than really has never been done before in feature film length. This film worked for so many reasons, and I even felt a smile beginning to come on during this film, because movies like this usually turn me off. Well-executed, well-planned, and strategically directed and written, this film was a lot of fun to watch. Sure the acting is not great, and a few of the climactic moments felt chuckle-worthy, but all-in-all it is a very solid film for what it is. Definitely recommended to horror fans, thriller fans, and people who are just looking for a fun little original film to kill your time. There is nothing great about a film like this, but it had me on the edge of my seat, and for that it get's major props. "Unfriended" is a great attempt at something new.
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