Village Jam Factory, 09/05 10:45am
Running time: 83m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong themes, violence and coarse language)
Release date: 30/04/15
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
A year since the suicide of classmate Laura (Heather Sossaman), Blaire (Shelley Hennig) and her boyfriend Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm) are having a (not completely) innocent conversation on Skype before they are joined by three of their friends and a mysterious Skype companion. Over the next hour and half this mysterious chatter will challenge them to reveal their deepest secrets and to reveal a hidden truth behind the suicide.
While a group of sexed-up teens being picked off one by one in increasingly grizzly and ironic ways is hardly original, the format of Unfriended provides a freshness rarely seen in the genre. Set within a single computer screen the action takes place through Skype chats, messenger conversations, Facebook posts, emails, websites and YouTube clips. The performances rely on cliches but are solid and engaging. Unfriended is a tight film with thrills and chills throughout. Perhaps it is an interesting commentary on social media and online communications; the teens are well connected to each other but ultimately isolated and vulnerable to the threat against them. Unfriended is a highly entertaining film with plenty of twists and turns and edge-of-the-seat excitement. (ME)