After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.
After seeing “Unfriended: The Dark Web”, I was worried about my enjoyability of this film- and seeing that SONY was involved in this didn’t help calm down my fears, but after seeing this movie I gotta say… this is a pretty solid film.
A question I asked myself during this film is this: did this film have to use this format? Could this story be told in the conventional method? And the answer is… sure it could’ve been done in the normal style of film making, but I don’t think it would’ve had the same impact it had with the style the filmmakers chose.
The reason why this style works is because this is a detective/ mystery film that unravels information in the moment, in motion. And getting the info this way felt very realistic to me. As the story continues and as you get more information, you’re gripping the edge of your seat because you’re genuinely concerned for the well being of the characters, because the biggest triumph of this film is getting you emotionally invested in the characters. These characters feel like real human beings, and they have clear goals and motivations. The scariest thing about this film is making you realize that you may think you know someone, but the cold hard truth is you only know a small portion of who that person really is… and that’s something that sticks with you even after the film concludes.
There are a couple of red herrings in this film that add to the drama. When you unravel what happened, everything starts to make sense, and the ending is emotionally satisfying. Basically, the payoff is great to this film, unlike “Dark Web” where the only payoff we get after being with these ‘characters’ is the main character getting run over by a car (sorry spoiler, but only if that’s the ending you get- which unfortunately I got.) So going forward, whenever I see another film in this style, I’m gonna compare it to this film.
This film could’ve easily been terrible, but because it was in competent hands and John Cho carries the film excellently, this film rises above the initial fears I had and delivers an excellent film. I can’t really think of any problems I had with the film without it seeming like I’m just nitpicking, so I’m actually gonna give this film (for the first time ever) a 10/10 or the grade of an A.