Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Unfriended (Cybernatural) (2014)


Director: Levan Gabriadze
Writer:   Nelson Greaves
Cast:      Heather Sossaman, Mathew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson


A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force which is using various online accounts of their dead friend to contact them. The entire film is set in real time on a character's computer screen. 

It is another one of those films that can be classed in the found-footage supernatural horror category, a genre of which I am not a big fan of. I got interested in the film because of 'seeing an entire film through what is happening on a computer screen' aspect of it. I guess, only those who are familiar with using Skype, Facebook, Gmail, different sounds of their notifications etc will be interested in this film, which means a large chunk of 15-35-year-olds won't find the way it is filmed to be problematic at all. Maybe that is why it has been a huge box-office success, grossing $54 million on the meager budget of million dollars. It was shot over just 16 days as well. 

For me, the film was very interesting in the first 45 minutes or so because of the novelty factor after which it gets a bit tiring and cliched. It deals with a very relevant theme of cyber-bullying but mixing it with supernatural horror genre didn't fascinate me very much. I just wish they had done something much more interesting with the innovative idea of having the film shot from the perspective of looking at someone's computer screen. There is this film 'The Dirties' from 2013, which mixed the issues of bullying and school shootouts in an expertly fashion and is a definite recommendation from my side. Unfriended is a decent one-time watch but will be considered as a serious missed opportunity in an artistic sense. I guess the makers won't care because of the financial success and a sequel already greenlit. I hate Hollywood!!!

PS: It seems American teenagers don't know how to use Ctrl C and Ctrl V. Fucking amateurs!!!

Rating: 2.5/5