(This review may contain spoilers).
(There is also potentially triggering material mentioned in this review).
I saw this movie advertised repeatedly and since I like watching horrors, I decided I’d give it a try. Plus, I thought it might be a more unique take, since the entire movie does take place on a computer screen.
Although this is a horror, I felt it was interesting that the movie explored something that is a real problem in today’s society – cyber-bullying. It’s quite clear, from the beginning of this movie, that it deals with some really serious issues, such as suicide. Although this film is meant to be entertaining, those are issues that people do face.
I felt that this movie did a particularly good job of drawing me into the action. Although Blaire’s face is seen, for most of the film, it’s while she’s Skyping. I also found it interesting to see how much she used her computer and it was good to see her type something and then change her mind. I also thought the punctuation and grammar used worked especially well… even if I did find myself inwardly cringing at how bad some of the typing was.
Another thing I found particularly effective was the fact that the webcams sometimes went bad and it was difficult to see everything that was going on. It was especially creepy when the webcam filtered in and out, showing snapshots of what was happening to them when they were being attacked.
I did find myself getting absorbed into the interactions between the characters. In many ways, I did feel sorry for them… but I wasn’t entirely sure how all of them knew each other and were friends. The only character I didn’t have much sympathy towards was Val.
There were some really good creepy moments in this movie and although there wasn’t a really satisfying ending, there were quite a few loose ends tied up and there were some really jumpy parts. I think it’s entertaining to watch if you like horror… and very good use is made of using the computer, especially Skype and Facebook. I thought it was very effective.