Unfriended: Dark Web is the sequel to the Blumhouse hit ‘Unfriended’ which premiered in 2014. It’s a film that doesn’t directly follow the first one like a typical sequel, it just more so uses the same template and universe to tell a story.
It’s one of the new-age films that takes place entirely on a computer screen. The protagonists are playing a game of Cards Against Humanity via Skype, and our main character has acquired a new laptop. It crashes frequently on him while he’s trying to test it out. When he goes into the memory and sees that the hard drive is completely used up, he begins seeing what kind of files hide on it. And much as the title suggests, Pandora’s Box opens in a very unforgiving way.
The ability to tell a full story without giving us a narration is quite genius. In the first frames alone we watch someone struggle to enter into a laptop with wrong passwords, then when they do log on, they are receiving messages for an account that we already realize is not them.
This was another film that I was not prepared for. I saw the first one and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was a solid premise that was well made – both by means of how it was physically edited and filmed, and by how the characters pulled off the authenticity. This sequel follows the same approach but the story itself has expanded in a massive way.
I was not prepared for the level of scary this film was going to go. To simply explain, the title of “Dark Web” is enough to illustrate the intense level of reality that it is willing to go. The characters are all played by mostly unknown actors, and their levels of cheese that they bring make this film feel so real. As the film unfolded, I was terrified. I felt like I was watching real people die for my own amusement.
The more fucked up thing is the idea that this film very well could be real. And as far as I’m concerned, it’s totally real.
Again, you don’t have to have any prior knowledge on the first film to enjoy this one, and I recommend putting on headphones and pulling your seat up close to your screen for this one.
I don’t often say this, but this is one of the movies I’ve seen where after it concluded, I immediately put on some cartoons before I could go to sleep. It’s definitely not for everyone, and it carries a campy kind of feel to it (the dialogue can be a bit overdramatic and forced at times), but there is definitely an audience for this kind of film. I hope they make another one, because this one hurts to watch.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra