Flash Movie Review: Unfriended

No matter what its size may be which was determined by a personal preference, it remains a portal to either a wondrous, magical world or a nasty living hell. For some gazing into their screen allows them to discover new places that trigger a curiosity that spurs them on to become explorers for several hours. They depend on their senses of sight and sound to develop a virtual world where they can be anything they want to be. Maybe a warrior or horticulturist, it doesn’t matter since each facade can quickly slip off to reveal a new identity directly below. There are others who experience a sense of dread when they have to interact with this sometimes taskmaster. Maybe for 8 or more hours they receive no vitamin D benefits from the emitting light, only a strain on their eyes. Granted a majority may experience this at their job which makes them compile reams of electronic data; the rows and rows of a spreadsheet seem like an advancing army assaulting their senses, working to drill a hole into their brain until it goes completely numb. My path travels down a serpentine road where I enter both dichotomous worlds, determined by a separate factor for each one: desire or requirement. What happens though when the two worlds come together?    ONE night a group of friends are chatting with each other online when someone enters their conversation, using the account of their friend who had committed suicide a year ago. Who would do such an evil thing? This award winning horror film had its seeds for a story planted in a good place. The topics that sprouted up were bullying, peer pressure, relationship issues and teen angst. If these subjects were given proper care, then this movie would have presented them in a novel way. However, the execution of it was so horrible I could not wait to get out of the theater. The entire movie was watching the images of the friends such as Jacob Wysocki (Pitch Perfect, Terri) as Ken Smith, Shelly Henning (Ouija, Days of Our Lives-TV) as Blaire Lily and Will Peltz (In Time, The Collection) as Adam Sewell, on their computer screens. With the bleeps, burps and bad connections that happen online, I was irritated through most of the picture as they were reproduced here. The last thing I wanted to do was sit and stare at a computer screen for 1 hour 23 minutes and not be entertained. There was very little to keep my interest since the acting was nothing major, the horror scenes were not scary and the venue never changed. The underlying topic was the only thing that kept me curious. I am guessing you can tell which world I entered that day when I sat down in my seat at the theater. There were a few scenes with blood in them.

 

1 1/2 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 5, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This sounds like a potentially good idea poorly executed because of the commitment to the gimmick of the screens. I think I will give this one a miss.

  2. Oh no, I will definitely miss this one.

  3. I was debating whether to go and see this and heard some good things about it. I think this tips the scale against unfortunately. I really wish someone would follow through on their original concept throughout a horror film to bring life back into the genre.

  4. I really liked it! I feel sad that you didn’t. Each to their own I guess.
    I understand your comments about the execution, but I think all of that added to the originality and character of the film. For me anyway.

    • Thank you for leaving your comments, I appreciate it and am glad you had a better time than I did at this film. My bottom line in regards to films is that they move the viewer. If they do then they did their job.

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