Cyberbully (2015)

Director: Ben Chanan

Writer: Ben Chanan, David Lobatto (Screenplay)

Starring: Maisie Williams, Ella Purnell, Haruka Abe, Jake Davies, Daisy Waterstone, Wilson Haagens

 

Plot: Casey is forced by a computer hacker to do his bidding. If she resists, the hacker will leak compromising photos of her to the public.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Thriller

 

Story: Cyberbully starts by showing Casey (Williams) getting ready for a night out but someone is messing with her music. After getting hearing a tweet about her Casey’s good mood crashes, with her friend off out she wants to get even with the person responsible and her friend Alex (Davies) agrees to help. After she gets her revenge Casey finds out she isn’t talking to who she thought was in fact she is dealing with a hacker who has full access to her computer watching over her every move.

Casey trapped in her own room being blackmailed by the mysterious hacker who is using her computer to affect her life and her friendships. When the tables get turned on Casey showing her to in fact be the cyber bully we find out the hackers true motives. Casey has to learn to face the consequences of her action while trying to figure out who the hacker is.

Cyberbully tells the very true life fact that people out there will react negatively to material on the internet, while we see how some comments are just on the mean side we also see how some are planned to attack the person. We see the consequences of such a small comment could have because it will lead to much more serious comments that will change people. The story shows how easy it is to get affected on the internet and how easy it is to become the victim. The film tell us how vile people can be showing a very true warning, my only concern is that this is a warning that young people should be seeing and the program is focused to be on later because once you are old enough to realise that people can just be deleted, blocked and not everyone’s opinion matters you can ignore these people. This really was one of the best pieces of television I have seen in a long time. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Maisie Williams: Casey the only on screen star of the film who finds out that not everything is what it seems online and when she thinks she is being victimised the tables turn to show that she is in fact the bully without even knowing it. Maisie shines in this and shows why she is fast becoming one of the first names people suggest for her age bracket roles. (10/10)

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Support Cast: Cyberbully doesn’t have anyone else on screen, the character appear in videos or over instant messaging, each character helps Casey struggle with the next problem in her ordeal with the hacker.

 

Director Review: Ben Chanan – Ben does a great job directing showing a very real problem in the world while shooting it in complete real time to show how quick things could happen. (9/10)

 

Thriller: Cyberbully is a thriller that could have gone in a very bad way, but this really is edge of the seat from very early on until the very final moment. (9/10)

Settings: Cyberbully only uses the one setting and that is Casey’s bedroom, showing how trapped she becomes because of the hacker. (10/10)

Suggestion: Cyberbully is a must watch for anyone that uses the internet to communicate because everything you say, recorded or even do could be used against you. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Williams shines.

Worst Part: Nothing.

Lessons Learned: Be careful on the internet.

 

Believability: This could be very real and cyber bulling is becoming a real problem in the world. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: This could win a television award or two.

Runtime: 1 Hour

 

Overall: Thriller That Hits Hard

Rating 90

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50 comments on “Cyberbully (2015)

  1. Great review Dazza! I watched this last night. I thought you summarised it very well. it did highlight how little things said online could come back to haunt you. I also thought it demonstrated why it’s so cruel and unnecessary to be nasty to people anonymously.

  2. Just wondering for anyone who has watched this and is in the same situation as me… Who was the person behind the hacking?.. I thought It was Jen then she died, I also thought it was Megan but then i realised it wasn’t.. So I have absolutely no idea..

    • i personally thought it was meant to be someone who really is a internet troll rather than just a naive commenter like Casey was. it was clearly someone older who most likely enjoys slamming people on the internet as we saw that username did most of the actually bullying on Jen video

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