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'Unfriended': EW review

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Unfriended

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
85 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/17/15
performer:
Shelley Hennig, Cal Barnes, Jacob Wysocki
director:
Levan Gabriadze
genre:
Horror

We gave it a B

Looking for a break from staring at a computer? You won’t get it with Unfriended. “Set” almost entirely on the screen of a laptop belonging to heroine Blaire (Teen Wolf‘s Shelley Hennig), this horror film is essentially one long video chat session between six teen friends. Well, six and counting-down, as the crew are systematically culled by an unseen Internet interloper claiming to be the ghost of another acquaintance who committed suicide following the dissemination of an embarrassing YouTube clip. The dialogue can get clunky: At this point, is there a single non-Amish high-schooler in the country who would ask, “What is a troll?” But director Levan Gabriadze and writer Nelson Greaves keep matters moving along at a good clip and make inventive use of the online form as, for example, the murderer punctuates his or her assaults with tunes from Blaire’s music library. Though not particularly ground-breaking—last year’s Elijah Wood-starring Open Windows pulled the same trick, and much more ambitiously—we’re still going to “like” the result. B

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