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While neither as deep nor as skillfully constructed as its subject might deserve, Web Junkie remains a chillingly serious look at a nightmarish problem.
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The campers, of course, hate it, and many seem to suggest it becomes basically another game to them. Figure it out, get released, go back to the computer.
The film is fascinating and often darkly funny, but it's hard not to wish for some actual analysis to flesh out the many scenes of grim people in gray rehab.
The human stories in "Web Junkie" are instantly identifiable, stories of a world where everyone has been brought closer together and simultaneously kept apart.
The kids are as uncommunicative as teenage boys tend to be in every country, and shots of them marching in unison or looking sadly out from behind chain-link fences are only compelling for so long.
The film lacks either the immersive intensity that would galvanize emotions or a context that would provide enlightenment. Its brief tour of an unpleasant corner of reality feels less revelatory than voyeuristic.
The slow (albeit unevenly paced) unveiling of the boys' stories is persuasive and chilling. Internet addiction is real.
A timely and thought-provoking documentary about efforts in China to deprogram teenagers addicted to Internet gaming.
Docu explores Internet addiction and family relationships.
Without a frame of footage nor a single interview presented from outside the camp, the documentary shows a capitalist nightmare that accords its victims zero wiggle room.
A tough love remedy for internet addiction designed for impressionable young minds which prefer virtual reality to relating in the flesh.
Shlam and Medalia haven't constructed the film particularly artfully... but Web Junkie is a case where the access is so unexpected and revelatory that it's a wonder just to have the footage.
Heartbreaking, illuminating, frightening and intimate. Bravo to the filmmakers for shedding light on an issue that many people can relate to to some degree.
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