REview: Unfriended (2014) & Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) | Interestingly Silly

I don’t typically review more than a movie at a time, but considering what I’m working with I figure that I would make an exception because these two movies are essentially the same, except for “minor” details.

And while that detail isn’t a small thing, it’s not enough of a differentiator to warrant a separate review.

In Unfriended (2014), from Blumhouse Tilt–a shingle of Blumhouse Productions, the point of which loses me because they produce the same type of movies that Blumhouse typically does–a group of friends do something really mean, end up instigating a suicide, followed by a haunting by a very vengeful spirit.

The entity has an odd sense of proportion–not only didn’t all the people she enacted vengeance upon participated in putting her on the path that led through her suicide, but no one actually harmed her (except for admittedly a serious blow to her character).

But to enough to warrant her killing herself? I don’t know.

The sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web changes things up a bit, becoming more like 2013’s The Den (a much better movie) and ditches the overtly supernatural elements for a more reality-based movie dealing with computer hacking and the ‘Dark Web.’

What’s interesting is that Unfriended: Dark Web in it’s depiction of hacking is almost as fantastical as anything that occurs in the original movie.

And did I mention that movie has ghosts in it?

I can’t speak for PC’s–though I suspect the situation is similar–you can’t just Terminal into a person’s computer and take it over.

By way of illustration, there’re ways someone can hijack a Mac, though typically that means either having access to the computer itself or the user themselves installs an application that grants someone control of your computer.

The latter is the most likelier scenario, though considering that there currently aren’t–at least of writing this review–any viruses for Apple’s (malware? Yes. Viruses? No) I wouldn’t worry about it.

In other words, exercise a little caution and don’t install software you don’t trust and you’re likely to never have to worry about either ghosts or denizens of the Dark Web.

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