The first Unfriended movie wasn’t a smashing box office success, it wasn’t even very good, but the film cost $7 and a sandwich to make so a second movie is here under the title Unfriended: Dark Web. The Dark Web or Deep Web in some circles has been known among online communities for a while now. Basically, it is the part of the internet that can’t be traced through search engines, making the user anonymous and nearly impossible to track. On the dark web, you have people who mostly sell drugs, weapons, and a community who share child pornography. There are also rumors of far more sinister activities such as live murder and human trafficking. While evidence of the latter has rarely been proven, the idea of a playground for the world’s most terrible people have been the focus of many creepy stories on the internet and it has now made its way to the big screen.
Unfriended: Dark Web begins with Matias O’Brien who decides to use a computer he found in a coffee shop lost and found weeks ago. When he begins to receive random messages online, he explores the contents of the laptop only to discover that it has disturbing videos which belong to a dangerous human trafficking organization which now puts Matias and all of his friends in danger.
Joe Rogan once famously said, “How obvious does a trap have to be before you start getting suspicious?” In the opening seconds, Matias tries to unlock the laptop by using the password “?”…and it worked. Needless to say, things go downhill fast. Like the first film, this one takes a while of sitting through obvious free advertising of social media outlets such as Facebook, Skype, and Spotify before anything interesting happens. Unfriended: Dark Web is a far better experience than the first film going for a more realistic setup than a paranormal one, but the plot is needlessly complicated and filled with way too many conveniences. Literally, everything that happens is all part of a master plan which I can’t imagine would have been as easy to pull off if the laptop was taken by a group of hunters from Dallas, Texas.
While the dangers of the Dark Web are real, the film does take a few liberties with the concept. All in all, Unfriended: Dark Web is a competent enough horror film, but isn’t a must-see, especially something that was made for $20 and a Philly cheesesteak.