A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56% (Critics) / 61% (Audience)
MetaScore: 53 – Mixed of average reviews
Directed By: Stephen Susco
Written By: Stephen Susco
Starring: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Chelsea Alden
Studio: BH Tilt
UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB has an 88 minute running time. That is the absolute best thing about it.
The entirety of this movie hinges on the lead character, Matias, finding a laptop in the lost-and-found at his job, bringing it home and just using it as if it had been a laptop bought at Best Buy. Matias doesn’t do a factory reset of the machine so that it wouldn’t be full of whatever files, programs or who knows what the previous owner had on there. Nope, Matias just starts logging into Facebook, Skyping with his girlfriend and best buds, signing into Spotify, and working on his ALS app (as a way to better communicate with his deaf girlfriend, Amaya).
It is that last part that took me out of this movie about 5 minutes into it. Matias is a developer who doesn’t do a factory rest of the snazzy Apple laptop he found. Matias is creating his own complex language app but he thinks it is a good idea to skip resetting the laptop he found. Making Matias this stupid would have worked a lot better if Matias wasn’t shown to be a pretty tech savvy individual.
Also all of Matias’s friends including his girlfriend were varying degrees of annoying or just bland. Amaya especially suffered from this. She was either being really annoying or really dumb based on different parts of the movie. She was goofy enough to believe that she was supposed to be meeting her boyfriend at an abandoned factory in the middle of the night. That is something that a normal person wouldn’t do but even being judged on the stupidity levels usually associated with characters in a horror movie it stretches the limits of credulity.
And for the love of Jebus I have no clue who thought that creating the obnoxious buffering effect whenever the bad guys were about to murder people was a good idea. It just made an already barely watchable movie totally unbearable.
I really do hate the trope of genius hackers who use their keyboard skills to create omniscient murder cabals that can off people in coordinated attacks spread across continents and hack into everything from laptop cameras to hospital life support to electrical grids based off of the way they were able to turn the lights on and off inside of people’s apartments.
But the one thing these computer geniuses were incapable of doing well was Photoshop…the scene where they do a amateurish job of swapping faces on an image was a bit of a letdown considering all the other technical mastery that they were shown to possess.
Final Verdict: A horrible movie that somehow manages to be even worse than the already pretty awful original film. UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB is a waste of time, money and effort. Spare yourself the agony of viewing it and go for a walk or something.