Unfriended- Movie Review
Going into this movie, I was really hoping that it's be good. While, of course, there's been a trend of bad horror films, a guy can hope, right?
This film followed the trend of horror movie plots that just didn't have to happen. What I mean by this is that the film makes the characters really, REALLY, stupid so that the plot can move forward. All the while, there was a very simplistic solution to their problem.
(This is not spoiler-free btw!!!)
This is the plot of the movie: Six friends get on Skype to joke around and have a good time, but then wait a minute. A seventh person with no profile picture hops on without an invite, apparently using the profile of a girl who committed suicide exactly a year before. This same person seems to also be using the same dead girl's Facebook account to instant message the main character, Blaire, who actually has to be the biggest idiot of the whole movie.
Now, for that simple solution I was talking about. Whenever you are on a website or app and it isn't working how it's supposed to, what do you do? GET OFF OF IT!!! Exactly! How hard would it have been for the six of them to just get off of Skype and start a group Kik party or group texting party? While yes, the ghost did instruct them to not get off or they would die, in the end it didn't matter anyway because they all did die. Very gruesome deaths.
As for Blaire being the dumbest character, how hard would it have been to just log off of Facebook. Another thing they all did that she continued to the end, was trying to lie even though the ghost obviously knew EVERYTHING.
During the game of Never Have I Ever, the ghost, who I guess I can just start calling Laura, brought up personal stuff and stuff she shouldn't have known. So lying to her was kinda pointless. However, obviously no one picked up on this because everyone kept doing it over and over and over again. Including at the end when Blaire singled her boyfriend out as the one who posted the video that lead to Laura committing suicide, when Laura knew the whole time that it was Blaire.
That then leads me to the stupidity of Laura, and therefor the whole plot. Since Laura knew the entire time that it was Blaire who took the video, why wait a whole year in order to waste a whole night on Skype terrorizing six people when you're only after one? Why didn't Laura kill Blaire sooner?
Like I said, the plot just didn't do it for me.
Something I actually did like about this movie were the characters.
I thought the six actors really worked well together and one scene in particular where this chemistry shined was the Never Have I Ever scene. It was comedic gold for, which is obviously something you don't like to see in a horror movie, but eh whatever.
So, besides their individual stupidity, as a group the characters were pretty good.
I was all for seeing a movie told almost completely through Skype. That aspect of the movie really worked for me, as well as the Youtube, Facebook and Google parts thrown in there.