It’s easy to see why Unfriended: Dark Web has had no type of fanfare from the general public. There’s been no promotion and the first movie wasn’t exactly met with a huge amount of praise or success. I’m guessing this sequel was made simply because it was so cheap to make and Blumhouse probably didn’t have to worry about taking a financial hit if it doesn’t make any kind of money.
After a young man brings a new computer home that he says he got off of Craigslist, he unwittingly thrusts him and his friends into what’s known as the “dark web.” Once they discover they’re stuck in this world, the group becomes determined to survive and break the control that the dark web is trying to take on this night. To do that, they have to uncover who’s behind this while hoping they can manage to stay alive before the game can come to a definitive and deadly end for all of them.
One of the first things I’ll point out is that Unfriended: Dark Web has nothing to do with the original Unfriended that was released back in 2016. The only thing they share is the title and that they were released by BH Tilt/Blumhouse. I guess you can say the premise is similar, but it’s done in a way that is different to since the first one had some sort of supernatural antagonist while the sequel features a threat that’s purely human.
I don’t completely understand the reason for the change, but in some ways, I believe that this could have worked under a different set of circumstances. I say this because I’m certain it could have been a more interesting movie if Unfriended had never been released. Since it’s basically the same premise and set-up, it takes some of the “shock and awe” away from what could have been there if its predecessor had never been made.
Logically, this one also makes more sense than the first one as well. Whether or not you actually believe in ghosts and spirits and all that stuff, the first didn’t work in a way that it allow it to make much sense. This one isn’t completely believable either, but since the threat is human, it’s actually easier to explain to those of us who watch it. That’s another reason I why I believe this would have been the movie to release if I had to choose between the two.
Another thing that prevents this from being better is the amount of downtime that we get during certain periods throughout. That’s especially true in the first act since it doesn’t do anything aside from making sure the movie gets close to reaching ninety minutes of run-time. If you take away most of the pointless chatter, I don’t know if it would have been long enough to qualify as a feature-length movie.
When looking at all it is offering, I wouldn’t be able to recommend this movie to anyone. The only people who may truly be able to enjoy this are those who never saw Unfriended. That’s simply because it’s actually an interesting premise that does have a few good ideas when it comes to offing some of its characters. If they had more surrounding those aspects, you may be talking about a decent movie that had the potential to satisfy.
Director: Stephen Susco
Film Length: 88 minutes
Release Date: July 20th, 2018
Distributor: BH TILT
- Score - 4/104/10