Despite it's unconvincing trailer and ridiculous-sounding premise, Russian filmmaker Leo Gabriadze's newest horror entry, Unfriended, definitely surpasses initial expectations. The film using tense thrills and a clever, almost Saw-like, script from Nelson Greaves to keep the audience fully engaged.
Unfriended follows a quintet of high school friends who meet online in a video-cam chatroom on the anniversary of their friend's suicide. Unbeknownst to them, a supernatural force hacks into the deceased teen's personal social media site and torments the five friends in a devious game of vengeance.
For as thrilling and smartly-written as Unfriended is, the short 80+ minute film develops at a crawling pace before it unleashes into a terrorizing second half. Moreover, the feature is viewed entirely through the computer screen of the lead female character. Hence, Unfriended makes for an unfriendly viewing experience. Too much time is dedicated to simply reading online messages between characters and it becomes a daunting task for the audience. But although this recent horror release certainly comes with its hitches, there are enough thrills and creativity keeping it a mediocre and tolerable scary movie.