Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Unfriended (2015)

logoDirector: Levan Gabriadze

Writer: Nelson Greaves (Screenplay)

Starring: Shelly Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrere, Mickey River

 

Plot: A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Karma Through Skype

 

Story: Unfriended starts by making it clear we will only see Blaire’s (Hennig) prospective on everything which includes her looking into a high school suicide that happened one year ago. The suicide was at her school and was one of her friends who got bullied into it. Next we watch her do what all high school kids do have really awkward sex chats through Skype with her boyfriend Mitch (Storm) I mean really awkward he looked so uninterested it is unbelievable. Their little talk gets interrupted when their friends Jess (Olstead), Adam (Peltz), Ken (Wysocki) and Val (Halverson) join the conversation.

The friends have an uninvited guest in the conversation that can’t be identified through the normal methods. The person claims to be the suicide girl who wants to play a game to unravel the friendships before forcing the friends to take their own lives like they made her.

Unfriended is a film that I first have to praise for an original idea with its look but that is where the praise will be ending. I am not sure if this is meant to be a comedy horror but if it was it achieves this with ease. I personally found myself laughing at so many different things through this film and of o wasn’t laughing I was holding my head going ‘really are you that stupid?’ I think the film really struggles to make any likable character because all six of the friends are complete back stabbing people who only look out for each other, they also have way too many secrets and are willing to sell each other out. Finally we are going to hit the trademark rant of mine, NOT ALL TEENAGERS DO DRUGS AND DRINK TOO MUCH. How many times do I have to bring this up seriously? In the end this film bottles down to a bullying revenge film from beyond the grave, it lacks the ideas that could tease at it being a real person doing the killing and making it a ghost is fine, but why didn’t they all just switch off the computers and meet up? (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Cast: Unfriended is too difficult to look into any of the stars performance, they all look like genuine friends at the start but clearly over react to what happens as the story unfolds. Each character is unlikable because of their action but you can see why the group stick together before learning the secrets. They all do make us believe they could be just chatting but in the end we don’t care.

 

Director Review: Levan Gabriadze – I do like how the director tried to make this different but I just wish he would have created a character I could have routed for. (5/10)

 

Horror: Unfriended does puts us into the idea of something happening beyond the grave that our characters simple can’t escape from. (7/10)

Thriller: Unfriended does keep you wondering what will happen next or who will be the next victim. (7/10)

Settings: Unfriended keeps all the action inside the house where each victim lives making everything frightening for our characters when terror comes home. (9/10)

Suggestion: Unfriended is one for the horror fans to try but don’t expect too much, you will have to get through a lot of constant arguing between the friends with the horror being more tension built that in your face. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Ken’s shocking violent death because it makes us see that this is actually going to be a serious horror.

Worst Part: Too funny to be taken seriously.

Funniest Scene: Blaire typing, just make up your mind.

Kill Of The Film: Ken

Scariest Scene: Ken getting his visit.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: They will find a way to make one, but please no.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Cyberbully

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $31 Million (to Date)

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: Online, your memories last forever. But so do your mistakes

Trivia: All filmed in one house with all the cast members in different rooms.

 

Overall: Just watch Cyberbully, it tackles to same problem with a realistic outcome and realisation of the mistakes made.

Rating 40

Inescapable (2012)

logoDirector: Ruba Nadda

Writer: Ruba Nadda (Screenplay)

Starring: Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Oded Fehr, Saar Siddiqui, Fadia Nadda, Bonnie Lee Bouman

 

Plot: Years after he left Damascus under suspicious circumstances, Adib Abdel Kareem must confront what he left behind when his daughter goes missing.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Slow

 

Story: Inescapable start by introducing us to Adib (Siddig) living in Toronto in 2011 showing off his tricks he learnt in a former life. When a personal friend comes bearing bad news about Muna his daughter who has been looking into Adib’s past. Adib wants to find out more about why she went to Damascus. Adib is former military intelligence agent who escaped his previous life.

Adib uses his former connection Fatima (Tomei) to get him into Syria and getting across the border will be the first of his tasks. Adib learns that his leaving didn’t just affect him but hurt the people he loved and his search for his daughter brings him to the Canadian Embassy meeting Paul (Jackson) a man who wants to help but questions how Adib got there so fast. Adib goes to meet an old friend Sayid (Fehr) for information about his missing daughter. Adib finds out that his daughter has got herself stuck in the middle of a wed of conspiracy through the country.

Inescapable sounds on paper like it could be a very good action packed thriller, in the end we get a slow moving talk fest. It is hard to find anything good about this film other than the concept being good, it is put together to roll out very slow and never gives us a chance to be pulled in to suspect any of the support characters and even by the end I don’t really know what happened. This one will easily be forgotten and you can see why it took so long to get released. (3/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Alexander Siddig: Adib ex military agent who goes into Syria to look for his daughter who has been kidnapped where he must face up to his former life that he has been away from for 20 years. Alexander struggles to make an impact in the leading role. (4/10)

 

Joshua Jackson: Paul the Canadian embassy employee who has a connection to the missing daughter but tries to help once he learns he is missing. Joshua doesn’t bring anything to the party remotely interesting. (3/10)

 

Marisa Tomei: Fatima old connection and old flame that helps Adib get into the country but still hasn’t forgiven him for leaving. Marisa has an Oscar right? What happened to her? (3/10)

 

Oded Fehr: Sayid colonel and old friend of Adib who knows the truth but has risen to power in the country. Oded looks the part of a potential villain but there isn’t enough introduced to make us care if he is or not. (3/10)

 

Support Cast: Inescapable has a supporting cast that is full of people trying to stop Adib and a few helping him it gets confusing to who was helping who really.

 

Director Review: Ruba Nadda – Ruba struggles to put this together to make it interesting at all. (2/10)

 

Mystery: Inescapable does give us a mystery to try and solve but in the end not enough to make us interested. (5/10)

Thriller: Inescapable should really be an edge of your seat film, simple put it isn’t. (3/10)

Settings: Inescapable uses the settings well to show the perils of something so simple in a secretive country. (8/10)

Suggestion: Inescapable is one to miss, I don’t think many people will enjoy it that much at all. (Skip It)

 

Best Part: Hard to pick anything.

Worst Part: So Slow

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Please no

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $4 Million (CAD)

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: You can never escape your past.

 

Overall: This is so slow moving it just doesn’t pull you in at all.

Rating 20

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