(This review may contain spoilers and also triggery/sensitive material).
When I saw this drama advertised originally, I was kind of concerned, since I’ve had personal (and a lot of) experience with bullying that has left marks on me even now. Although cyberbullying is a different type of bullying, it still has the same effects on the victims.
I can’t say I liked this drama. Or that I enjoyed watching it. But it was certainly very intense to watch.
It was good to see how the technology was utilised in the hacker’s attack on Casey. I didn’t particularly like her as a character, but there were certain times I felt sorry for her.
I found it interesting to see that the excuses for why the cyberbullying was ‘acceptable’ were used, such as ‘she was asking for it’ and ‘someone would have done it’. I really felt awful for Jennifer Li. This showed how far things spiraled out of control, but it’s awful to know that those kinds of things actually do happen in reality and that what happened to Jennifer Li has probably happened to way too many people over the world.
I did feel that Maisie Williams did a fantastic job in this. Although I did think some of the lines were a little flat at times, I felt that she did a really good job of carrying most of the film. There were some parts I was really able to relate to her character in this.
The ending of the drama wasn’t too bad, but I did think that there were some parts that weren’t explored further. This was really intense to watch and I do think it’s a good way to understand the effects that cyberbullying can have. It’s an awful thing and I felt this drama showed that well.