Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) 720p YIFY Movie

Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.

IMDB: 5.55 Likes

  • Genre: Horror |
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 775.73M
  • Resolution: 1280*800 / 23.976 fpsfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 92
  • IMDB Rating: 5.5/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 100 / 621

The Synopsis for Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) 720p

Tells the story about a teen who comes into possession of a new laptop and finds that it may have been stolen. He discovers the previous owner may be watching every move he makes and will do anything to get it back.


The Director and Players for Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) 720p

[Director]Stephen Susco
[Role:]Andrew Lees
[Role:]Betty Gabriel
[Role:]Colin Woodell
[Role:]Rebecca Rittenhouse


The Reviews for Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) 720p


A pleasant surprise that easily supersedes (and ignores) the originalReviewed bysoulsk8ter225Vote: 6/10

BRIEF REWIND:

I rented Unfriended through Redbox and saw it with a date, and I'll give it kudos that we did not turn it off and even talked about it afterward. I can't in all good faith call it a good film, but it was the first of its kind that I had seen and I merely tolerated it. Unfortunately it fell into a lot of issues that start and end with the characters/actors, and the teeny-bopper horror elements that leave you laughing and eye-rolling almost as if they intentionally wrote and directed it that way made it extremely mediocre, forgettable, and worst of all passable. What seemed like it was serving its style as nothing more than a cheap gimmick, I easily would only rate it a 4/10, but I was on board as I watched it and it did not turn me away from seeing a sequel.

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PRESENT DAY:

I didn't know anything about this sequel going into it, never mind the fact that I didn't even know it was a film until yesterday evening. But when the pre-screening invite fell into my lap, I bit the bullet and hoped for the best even though I planned for the worst. Needless to say, this was a pleasant surprise. Before I go on, I'm also going to strongly advise that you avoid the trailer at all costs for four reasons:

1) It spoils a lot of events (though leaves out the main overall plot of the film, which was nice).2) It misinforms the audience of what kind of film it is (treats it like a pure horror when it is more of a thriller/suspense flick).3) It edits a lot of items on the screencast that do not occur in a similar way in the actual movie, even down to colors and sound effects that are used.4) It makes it look really bad.

I saw the trailer AFTER seeing the film by the way, and I'm glad that I did. I would have passed up this pre-screening if I saw that horrible trailer, and I would've felt like I've seen the entire film if so as well (yes, it does reveal several plot points).

I totally understand why this film has the 'Unfriended' tag: it's a found footage screencasting film where an anonymous user intrudes a Skype group chat, and torments them as a result of their mishaps bestowed onto said user. This is where the premise similarities end, though. This isn't only not a story continuation of the first film in any way (you can watch this without watching that and you won't lose a single beat), but this also does not have a supernatural element, and although Facebook may be one of the applications in the film it has nothing to do with unfriending somebody through it. Granted, I understand the name can take on multiple meanings in which case I can easily find one for it through this film, and if it just had the title The Dark Web, people would hark on it for being "too similar to Unfriended," so they were stuck. This can either help or hurt the film because I know a lot of people who won't see this on the name alone, but you may be mistaken by passing it up.

As I said before, this isn't bogged down with anything supernatural. That's not to say it's the most realistic thing in the world either, but if you suspend enough disbelief you can feel that it has a lot more grounding to it. This is the first plus. There's nothing wrong with supernatural horror flicks, but the first film holds a strong stigma around Facebook that it just couldn't be taken seriously. At least they did it better than Friend Request, but that's still not saying much. This circumvents that completely. Everything involved is through the power of individuals, all of which seem to be very computer-savvy, but making that decision won me over significantly more. I'd say it teeters more toward the suspense/thriller genre than it does the horror genre, and for this that can only be a good thing. Just don't expect anything scary so to speak, though there are a couple of disturbing ideas that only strengthened the film's mystique.

This also had some clever writing. Compared to the original, it's just nice to know that there was some actual thought into telling this story and not just throwing it out the window. The way the plot develops may leave you very curious as to how some items are slowly discovered, and some small nuggets (as well as character traits) throughout the film play a larger part by the time the credits roll in a fascinating way. Can't say I didn't like how things went down, but what's interesting to me is that halfway through watching it you could have predicted a million ways they should have done the back-end, and even if you ultimately feel they didn't go the route you may want it's still ahead of the other film on potential and wonder alone.

Unfriended: Dark Web grabbed me pretty fast with the relationship between two of the central characters. I cared enough about the situation to be concerned for their well-being. I can't necessarily say the same for the other characters. One was a little annoying but you grew into the personality, two were kind of bland (but one outshined the other both with acting and backstory), one was wasted entirely to the point that I wanted more from that one than any of the others, and one was compelling but served the plot exposition and advancement so well you could nearly call out "Deus ex machina!" at times, as that character also has no development. Everything in the Skype chat kind of worked out though because the "main" character (the screen we're watching all the time) mutes them or goes to different windows for long times on end when the others didn't need to serve a larger purpose for said moment. Neither the film nor the characters were that funny either, but the film didn't try to be funny too often either; wasn't laughing with them, but thankfully I also wasn't ever really laughing AT them. The first film had laughable characters that were unlikable to the point that I couldn't wait to watch them be killed.

Those who read my reviews know that I like to be vague so you can enjoy the film for yourself without still really knowing anything about this film, so that is where I'll leave you regarding content. Most of what I mentioned was the good stuff, and some of the lesser things in the film for me lie in parts that would probably spoil too much. I have some other small quibbles like off-screen characters type and respond unrealistically fast, though I understand they need to keep the pace up at the same time. Even still, I'd say they still make some decisions in the sequel that make me think they didn't learn everything from making the original, but they definitely self-corrected so much, probably more so than going from Annabelle to Creation or from Ouija to Origin of Evil. I also found the halfway point to allow it to go into multiple directions, and although the route they chose wasn't my absolute favorite I'm not about to sit here and petition that a rewrite be in order either.

This film also did one more thing for me: it made me realize that the found footage screencasting sub-genre is one that can actually work and be used more and more. It is very inexpensive and tailors perfectly to our generation around the social media realm. I thought it was far too gimmicky in the first film, but then I saw the film Searching and found how it could be used correctly... and just a short two weeks later I can clearly say that in the right hands there is enough creativity there to do more and more things. That being said, I liked Searching more as a film but I can't say that I would have liked it as much as I do if I saw it AFTER seeing Dark Web. I think the novelty of the filming style meshed so well with the story and really grabbed me, and this was entertaining enough overall that I didn't care I was seeing this style again. I think seeing it in the other order might exhaust me to see Searching second. So, here goes: I recommend you see both films, but if possible I recommend you see Searching first to get the best bang for your buck. Unfortunately it releases in a few weeks while this releases just next week.

Do as you must, but ultimately I suggest you give this one a crack and you may leave as surprised as I was.

Skip the trailer if you want to have a better timeReviewed byhellocrocodileVote: 4/10

Having loved the first Unfriended film, which is by a different director, by the way, I was super excited to see this one.

To be fair, the first Unfriended had its flaws. This one has more.

For those who want to see it, I recommend not watching the trailer. The trailer is what got me so excited, but there are so many spoilers! You basically find out how half the people die just from watching it. Watching the film after having seen the trailer was kind of like, "Tell me somethign I dont know already." I was left disappointed, wanting something more. WTF.

The acting here is not bad except for a few crying parts that feel awkwardly forced, and the characters are almost likeable even if they are a little dumb at times. This is not about a villain decimating a group of geniuses. Personality-wise, they are for the most part a group of average millenials you might find hanging out on the internet, who are modestly relatable albeit some slight charicaturing. However, even without the trailer ruining it for me, this film just felt empty. It wasn't enough. It felt brief and incomplete and the ending was just dumb.

I seriously prefer the first Unfriended movie over this one. Unfriended (I) I found scarier, the deaths more chilling and gruesome, and the overall cat and mouse feel as the villain toys with its victims much more riveting than Unfriended: Dark Web, even though this version's evil hackers and assasins for hire are more real-worldish.

If you prefer horror flicks with a semi-realistic storyline, you'll prefer this one over the first, probably. But I think the first was far more entertaining and interesting with just as talented of a cast if not more, so if you haven't seen it, give that a shot first.

Summer Scare Thrill, With A Dive Into Real. This Sequel is Better, But Still Needs Some Upgrading!!!!Reviewed byrgkarimVote: 6/10

It's the age of the internet and cyber security is never more important to prevent your entire life from falling victim to the elite hackers. Yet, for many, we have no idea what threats lay hidden in the shadows of the dark web and those who use it for evil. So of course, it would be the perfect medium to make another horror movie with, after a few of the other films have had mixed success. Thus, the focus of my next review is the sequel to a horror movie with a similar theme, but a different story. Robbie K back in action to present his latest review on:

Movie: Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

Director: Stephen SuscoWriter: Stephen SuscoStars: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Chelsea Alden

LIKES:

Unique perspective: Like the first installment, Unfriended: Dark Web takes the unique perspective of found footage through the computer. One gets to see everything happening through the virtual eyes of technology and become immersed into the experience at hand. As our "heroes" look through all the insane stuff in this film, you'll feel pulled into the journey and potentially get the feeling all this stuff is happening to you. It's unique, it's dynamic, and it's very engaging to watch.

Freaky Realism: The movie's core of scares is not so much the jumping at you moments, or a large monster, but more so how realistic this scenario can be. Dark Web isn't that farfetched a concept when you think about it and it instills a deep fear and paranoia that settles uncomfortably in your mind. If you're like me you might want to rethink how to clean up your digital foot print, and perhaps invest in some lessons on privacy. In all seriousness though, the movie's scenario will certainly keep you grounded into the suspense because the setting isn't so grandiose.

The Build-Up: Using the two previous likes, the director was able to build up some major suspense in this tale. The developers utilized solid techniques of helping uncover the mystery and white lies at the bottom of the digital rabbit hole. It provides just enough information to linger on before drawing out the thrills a little longer. This gradual balance continues to keep the suspense up and potentially lead to an exciting conclusion to come. Nice work.

The Pace: Horror movies can be slow sometimes, but for this movie that wasn't the case. Dark Web doesn't suffer from this limitation, leading to a decently paced movie that doesn't linger too long.

The Twists: The movie is pretty linear and predictable, but the story team managed to bring a few surprises with it as well. While some twists can be misguided, the movie succeeded to utilize these twists to help "justify" all that happened and sort of curb for the stupidity of the characters. It's not the best thing in the world, but it worked for me.

DISLIKES:

Predictable: The way this series continues to promote the darker themes, one can guess a lot of what is going to happen. Much of this comes from the trailers giving things away, but some of it comes from copying the first film's tactics for scares. As such, you won't be too surprised when all is said and done.

The Lacking Characters: I understand a horror movie seldom doesn't focus on stories and more on superficial scares and thrills. Still this reviewer would have appreciated characters that weren't so carbon copy of the teenage summer movie. Almost all of the group is rather stereotypical, and in truth not so likeable when you see how much they kind of overstep their boundaries. Sure, there are some exceptions, but the main character in particular brought much of this on himself. Even worse, much of their stories are pretty boring or missing altogether, with most attempts falling flat on its face. Perhaps more expansive stories could have helped add some more layers to the mix and give us better characters.

The Opening Sequence: It's about logging into a "new" computer and as such requires the character to try multiple attempts to breach the security. I'm not complaining because it really does capture the reality of the situation, however did we need nearly 10 minutes of this prolonged sequence? I don't think so, and while 10 minutes doesn't seem like much...it is in a movie barely pushing 80 minutes. Cool to be immersed, but the time could have been spent better in plot development or anything else.

Two Endings?: Yes, you heard me right, there are two finales to this movie, but it's not dependent on show times, but rather theaters. It's worthy of applause for trying to get some rewatching on this movie in regards to making the most bucks. To the fans though, having to go to two different theaters is not my idea of good marketing, especially if one of the endings is super intense and the other is a hasty wrap up. Director's cuts or reddit will be your friend on this dislike guys.

Final 25 minutes: I already stated that the first part of this movie does a nice job building things up for what will hopefully be an intense second act. True, the end is intense, but it's also very hastily rushed, compacted, and kind of skimmed over very quickly. If you are like me, a movie like this is better when your characters are challenged and potentially hurt throughout the movie, and not just the final act. Dark Web failed on this aspect and tried to finish its tale a little too quickly in the end. No amount of twists can offset this for me, but it may not be too bad for others.

The VERDICT:

Overall, Unfriended 2 was better than its horror counterpart. The plot components made more sense, the setting grounded back into realism, and it once again told a familiar story through a more immersive medium than most others. In addition, the suspense and twists keep this relatively simple film entertaining up until the end. The problems come more from some presentation flaws, such as a dragged-out opening, trying to put two endings together, and of course rushing at the end. Throw in some non-engaging characters and it wraps up this movie pretty well. The movie is okay overall, but it's going to be reserved for young adults and teens looking for a quick thrill for the summer. Still, it turned out better than I was expecting so there is a victory there. Nevertheless, I recommend holding out for home on this one.

My Scores:

Horror: 6.0-6.5Movie Overall: 4.5-5.0

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