Unfriended: Dark Web review by Bobby Blakey
I was not a big fan of the 2014 Unfriended, but apparently it did well enough to warrant a sequel with Undriended: Dark Web starring Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Collin Woodell, Andrew Less, Stephanie Nogueras, and Savira Windyani. Could this follow-up offer up something new to make this chapter stand out or will it fail to connect?
Unfriended: Dark Web follows a young man who finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop thrusting he and his friends unwittingly into the depths of the dark web. They soon discover someone has been watching their every move and will go to unimaginable lengths to protect the dark web. The first half of the film is pretty simple just allowing the audience to get to know the group of friends, their relationships and how this film format is going to work throughout. While not overly exciting here I was surprised how well it still managed to work before it got to the insanity that we were all waiting for.
Unlike the first film this one takes on a more realistic approach that works way better. There is no supernatural element this time around and in turn makes it a lot more unnerving with the ability for something like this to actually happen. Sure there are some elements that are a bit over the top, but it still manages to deliver something that will keep you engaged until the great ending. For those wondering you do not have to see the original film at all as this one stands all on its own. It isn’t breaking down any walls in the genre, but did end up being way better than I had expected.
This is not one of those film that is overly scary at all, but instead once again uses social media and the computers that have come to rule our lives in a way that will make you rethink somethings. There are some great moments and I love the non-typical Hollywood ending to it making it worth checking out.