Yesterday I drove all the way down the street a ways to the Movie Network (which still exists!! I know, I’m excited too) to return the movies we had previously taken out (which were The Woman in Gold and The Equalizer and for which I had late fees, also… remember late fees?) I strolled around the store and when I got to the letter ‘U’, I saw it. I saw the film I’d laughed at so many times in trailers at the movie theatre or online… Unfriended, as directed by Levan Gabriadze. I felt something strange come over me and suddenly I was doing it, I was lifting it off of the shelf, I was holding it in my hand, I was paying to rent it for a week, I was taking it home. I put it into my Playstation 4. I pressed play.
I was really intrigued by the premise and the style – how they pulled the story off, really. The whole film is told from one girl’s computer screen. The other 5 characters are only seen via their “webcams” on Skype. I think that’s really innovative and it’s not something I would have come up with or been able to pull off!
Anyway, these 6 teenagers are all friends, I guess. The main character, Blaire (Shelley Hennig), is the innocent do-gooder who has never sinned and CERTAINLY never had sex. Her boyfriend, Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm), is the bad boy with a sensitive side. Then you have Mitch’s best friend, Adam (William Peltz), who’s just a bad boy (no sensitive side here). There’s Ken (Jacob Wysocki) who’s just there and really has no personality, except possibly he’s supposed to be the “tech geek.” There’s Jess (Renee Olstead) who is supposed to be the slutty one, but there’s also a second slutty one, Val (Courtney Halverson).
So they’re just Skyping like teenagers do on a weekend evening, when they notice an unauthorized presence in their group chat who introduces themselves as a girl who committed suicide a year to the day. As the film goes on, in true horror fashion, the characters get picked off and secrets come out.
I mean, it’s nothing that hasn’t been done or seen before plot-wise, but it was an entertaining watch at the very least. It was no Spielberg, but it genuinely kept me interested the whole time. There were a couple jump scares, but it wasn’t overly hokey either.
If you’re a horror junkie like I am, it’s worth a viewing… maybe with the lights off, some friends, and some popcorn. Happy viewing!