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Friend Request review

Posted : 1 year, 11 months ago on 22 September 2017 11:49

What can be said about this movie? Though it was only 92 minutes, it felt like an eternity. If I was dying, I would watch this movie over and over, filling every minute of my day with it, like Dunbar from Catch-22, making my last moments seemingly last forever. The pacing was poor, with some elements getting too much screen time, and other, more interesting parts mostly being ignored.

Not really very scary, though there were a couple of jump scares that managed to actually startle me. The imagery used was good at being disturbing, but often created more questions than it answered. The story was not really captivating and the characters were terrible.

Sometimes, in horror movies, it is easy to look at a mistake the characters make, or some action they should take and wonder "why don't they just" do something obvious. This movie did a good job of showing why these scenes are often not included, as they were laughably terrible. Trying to delete their accounts, they failed with generic errors. When looking at the code, they see it is magical. Ugh. When confronted by police and the dean of the school, she says she cannot get control of her account, and they offer no assistance, though you'd expect the police department and the IT department of the university to at least be interested in trying something. The most ridiculous part of this was when the dean sat our heroine down and said, "Even if you don't have access and can't remove the video, or delete your account, I'm getting a lot of pressure from the students, so I'm going to have to suspend you for the rest of the semester." Lol. Then, it goes on to have a mostly typical horror movie ending.

Of course, it also suffered from the typical horror movie "whys" as well, like, for instance, why were only some of the friends on her friend list targeted, but not the others? Why could some unfriend her, but others not? Maybe they were closer, real friends? Who cares?

The real tragedy with this movie was that I appreciated the concept. The graphical social media element built into some scenes of the movie was cleverly done. The idea of modern witch was clever. Truly, I am inspired to take the general idea and try to work it into a better story myself. It was an interesting enough concept, maybe it would have been better to not try to tell it as a typical horror story, but a supernatural drama?

The only redeeming quality this movie could have had was that I was going to watch with my pal, Dave, and we could have mocked it together. Unfortunately, there was unexpected traffic, so I was left to deal with the suffering alone. 3/10


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Friend Request review

Posted : 2 years, 9 months ago on 3 November 2016 06:04

I can't help but constantly think of Unfriended when I see this. I know the concepts are pretty different, but the names are way too similar. Anyways it does have a fairly decent cast. I've never heard of the director or the writers though. It's not received very well, but I'm going to give it a shot because I'm curious.

Wow this is extremely similar to that of Unfriended with the whole concept! The only difference is that this deals with Facebook and it's not found footage. It reminds me of Cyberbully and The Den as well. I think cyber horror is an interesting sub-genre, but I wish they would branch out with it. Most of their stories are way too alike. On a side note Black Mirror had a really well done story about it called "Shut Up and Dance". I thought the usage of the interruption noise that happens with audio was an interesting idea. Despite it not being all that original I actually got a kick out of it. They really got in depth with details about Facebook which was cool. I'm not going to lie I did actually jump a few times. The story as a whole was pretty interesting. Some of the deaths were pretty intense. There were some good twists and turns. It got much better as it moved along. The ending was particularly good.

I thought the acting was quite good. At least three of them were in TV shows I watch where I liked their characters. I'm glad William Moseley still acts here and there after The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Sean Marquette looks a lot like his brother and I'm not used to seeing him not doing voice overs. I thought he was pretty good though. I really liked the characters and how they were developed over the course of the story.

It's not too original given that this is a small sub-genre to work with, but I actually liked it quite a bit. The kills were crazy. The scares were good. There were some pretty good twists and turns. The characters were interesting and developed well unlike most of the movies you see like this. I think the ending really makes it more enjoyable too. I'd say give it a shot. It might be a hit or miss kind of movie, but for me it was a hit.


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