In Unfriended: Dark Web (Susco, 2018) Matias, who works at an Internet Cafe is in need of a new computer. In the lost and found a laptop has been sitting there, unclaimed, to which Matias decides to help himself to the laptop and make it is. He takes the laptop home, logs in and reaches out to his girlfriend, Amaya, who is deaf, about an app he created that will help him communicate with her called Papyrus. The conversation doesn’t go as planned. Tonight is also a game night with a group of his friends via Skype video call. Tonight’s game is Cards Against Humanity
Noticing something weird happening with the laptop, Matias has his computer friend, Damon, who is part of the Skype video call who is able to help Matias with the laptop. Upon doing so Matias notices a folder titled Untitled. When he opens that folder he opens a world he and his friends won’t be able to escape.
Unfriended: Dark Web is part of the Unfriended series that started in 2014. As of right now, there are only two movies in the series, but neither movie is related to the other. Each has its own stand-alone story with one thing in common, Skype video calls start the ball rolling.
In the first movie Unfriended, all the callers on the chat have a profile picture save for the uninvited guest named billie227. You can read my review of the movie here. As with Unfriended (Gabriadze, 2014), this movie begins with a Skype video call. When reading comments about the movie, some have asked why are they using Skype for their video calls when there are other programs. What people have to take into account is that some may prefer Skype. Some may have older laptops (yes, believe it or not, there are people not buying new laptops each time one comes out when there are works perfectly fine) that only has Skype. In this installment, the audience is seeing things through Matias’s webcam as well as his laptop. Everything comes across very real and natural, but this movie didn’t have the same vigor as the first, and a lot of that had to do with Matias.
Matias is in love with Amaya who doesn’t seem to feel the same for him just by how she’s able to dismiss him so easily. His desperation to keep her comes off needy and a bit pathetic. And Amaya didn’t help matters by coming off very snooty and self-entitled. With those characters aside the movie is able to show how far technology has come and how communicating with those either in the same town or across the ocean is possible through a video call. But this movie also explores the dark side of technology and how those with evil souls can manipulate not only the technology but humans to do what they want them to do.
Unfriended: Dark Web has two endings. To avoid having to sit through the movie again, I looked up the alternative ending and it didn’t have the same impact as the first ending. The first ending showed what can happen when someone is focused on one thing so much so they have toned out via sight and sound of what’s taking place around them and the consequences that follow.
Both movies will make the viewer think about their actions in life and how those actions can come back to haunt them in one form or another. This is not to say this will stop people from doing what people do and that’s mean to one another when protected by the monitor, but hopefully, it will give some food for thought. The second movie will definitely open the audience’s mind to the dark web and just how dark it can be.
Unfriended: Dark Web runs at 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Unfriended: Dark Web – 2018- Director: Steven Susco – Country of Origin: USA
Other shows to consider:
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Featuring stand-alone dramas — sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia — “Black Mirror” is a contemporary reworking of “The Twilight Zone” with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Each story features its own cast of unique characters, including stars like Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Help”), Alice Eve, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Cullen and Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”). Joe Wright, Dan Trachtenberg, and James Watkins are among the featured directors.
Dark Net Tv Series (Showtime)
In the 21st century, most people use the Internet on a daily basis, but there is more to the worldwide network than what is at its surface. This documentary series explores the often-disturbing darker side of the Internet. The dark web, as it’s known, was originally intended to be a hidden area where members of the intelligence community could privately meet, but it is increasingly being exploited by online predators and criminals. Each half-hour episode details a particular theme, which includes cyber kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, and pornography addiction. “Dark Net” intends to raise thought-provoking conversations about technology and privacy. (source: Google search)
Dark/Web (Prime Video)
A genius programmer’s mysterious disappearance leads to the reunion of old friends and the discovery that the strange stories she left behind may point to an impending technological crisis (source: IMDB)