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Unfriended - Film Review

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Published May 17th 2015

Just like its trailer suggests, Unfriended is original, creative but extremely boring. You'll wish there was a delete button to this film. One can stare at someone's computer screen for only so long and the entire plot of this film takes place on a single computer screen.

The film fails to entertain when 6 friends are stalked and haunted during a conference Skype call by a dead schoolmate who seeks vengeance over a shamed footage and unveils the group's darkest secrets.

It addresses the serious issue of cyber-bullying and teen suicides while adding a supernatural spice to it. There is strong language, sexual suggestions and some disturbingly bloody and body piercing scenes that maintain a luke-warm tension. It lacks badly in cast, acting and action and the characters, in midst of being haunted, repeatedly gets drifted off to trivial teen and relationship issues which make the script come out ridiculous and unrealistic.

The only point making it worth a watch is a clever screenplay and the original concept of being the only film that shows almost nothing beyond a computer screen and limited actors vaguely reminding us of Rodrigo CortÚs' Buried. The school politics and teenage tantrums, although slightly cliche, are skilfully portrayed and therefore might be enjoyed by a slightly younger audience.

Director - Levan Gabriadze

Cast - Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson and Shelley Hennig

Rating - 2 and half stars
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Where: In cinemas
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