Unfriended 2: Dark Web
noun: Dark Web
the part of the World Wide Web that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.
I was not a big fan of the first Unfriended movie, even though it was a relatively cheap movie ($1 million) to make, it made A LOT of money ($64.1 million) during its box-office run. When you make those kinds of numbers, a sequel is usually a done deal. I honestly went into this movie expecting the same kind of movie as the first. The spirit of Laura Barns back to terrorize a whole new batch of victims who probably bullied her when she was alive or were bullying someone else. Boy was I wrong.
The movie starts out innocently enough with someone logging into a computer after a few tries to get past the lock screen we see the main character of our story, Matias (Colin Woodell) setting up the machine. Matais begins testing out a speech to text program he was working on that allows him to communicate with his deaf girlfriend, Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras). We see that there seems to be some issues between Matias and Amaya, but what couple doesn’t have some problems. Matias tries to get her to join I him and his friends as they have an online game night of Cards against Humanity.
Matias skypes into game night and we meet the others: AJ (Connor Del Rio) – Youtuber who runs a conspiracy channel, Lexx (Stephanie Nogueras) – the cool Asian DJ chick, Damon (Andrew Lees) – the British computer guy, and Nari (Betty Gabriel) and Serena (Rebecca Rittenhouse) – the interracial lesbian couple. It’s like the United Colors of Benetton, but with death. As game night goes on Matias starts having problems with his newly purchased, and seemingly used, laptop and after some tech support from Damon he opens a locked file that contains a folder of videos and a program
Matias opens the program his screen changes to that of an 8-bit boat going down a waterway named Styx which dumps him into some kind of chatroom. It seems that whatever program he ran has now placed him in the Dark Web. Matias soon gets a message from a guy named, Jack, that he wants his laptop back and if Matias doesn’t return it he will kill him and Amaya. What does Matias do, snag a bunch of Bitcoin on the laptop worth millions of dollars as insurance that this mystery person, who can find him but he can’t trace back, will not hurt him or Amaya. Know what happens next? YUP, United Colors of Benetton … but with death.
Much like the first movie you experience the entire thing thru a computer/phone camera or monitor. The threat is no longer a malevolent spirit but people who seem to be paying a lot of bitcoin to have horrible things done to others. It had a kind of Hostel feel to it in that aspect. Even though they say it’s a Horror movie I feel it’s more of a suspense/thriller with horror elements. I like my horror films to be gory, bloody, & contain a deranged killer such as Jason Voorhees, Freddy, or Michael Myers. Even movies that have supernatural monsters or so on will fit the bill. This movie was just regular old people doing bad things which in itself is a scary thought because this movie has things that could actually happen. The movie itself is pretty average as far as “horror” films go, but when you add in the ‘Dark web’ which no one really knows about and all you hear about it is that it’s used for black market business, drug deals, human trafficking, and so many other weird stories this gives the movie that little push it needs to go from average to good.
With that being said, I really enjoyed the movie for what it was. The characters were OK to me the standouts being AJ and Damon and the 2 “meh” ones being Matias and Jaxx , but this is a horror flick so we’re not looking for Oscar-winning performances here. The kill scenes were nothing new except for one where the setup was just really cool to watch. Blumhouse may very well have another winner here with Unfriended: Dark Web.