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Unfriended: Dark Web | 2018 | R | - 3.7.6

A young man (Colin Woodell) opens a new laptop he took from a lost-and-found box and finds a cache of secret files. While online playing a game with friends, he discovers gruesome videos and the previous owner of the computer begins watching and threatening the players. Also with Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Andrew Lees, Connor del Rio, Stephanie Nogueras and Savira Windyani. Directed by Stephen Susco. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in an Asian language without translation and several lines in French are shown on a computer screen with one or two lines translated in English. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - In a video a clothed woman straddles the lap of a clothed man sitting on a bed as they bounce up and down while kissing (while sexual, both are clothed).
 A woman wears a loosely tied neckline in a blouse that reveals cleavage that jiggles when she moves and she announces that she and another woman are engaged; we see them hug and lie together for a few seconds on a couch on video footage (no sex is implied). A woman wears a sleeveless tank top that exposes moderate cleavage. A shirtless man dances in front of a laptop camera with his abdomen bouncing up and down. A shirtless man dances away from a laptop camera through a dark hallway and the flesh around his waist jiggles. A woman wearing a short skirt sits with legs crossed facing the camera and we can see her bare legs up to the upper thigh. A woman wears a high-necked halter top that reveals part of her bare abdomen.
 A woman says the worst thing that can happen to a couple is for them to be married by the last guy one of the women slept with.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Most of the film takes place on cascades of laptop and smartphone screens and includes from two to seven men and women at once, often shouting at one another and sometimes screaming in panic: A man discovers odd videos are filling up the hard drive on a laptop and his friends online panic as they see some of the videos and try to copy them to send to the police but fail.
 A man sees on his laptop screen that someone has hacked his machine and spliced videos of him as if he is saying he discovered a warehouse of weapons and explosives and will take them downtown to have some fun; he hears a phone ring and a false audio message playing to the police, then automatic rifle fire before the man moves to the foot of the stairs and a barrage of automatic rifle fire shoots down the staircase, killing him (we do not see blood). Video footage at night shows a woman standing on top of a four-story building as a man behind her shoots her and pushes her off the roof (we see no blood); she falls and lands face down on the pavement with no blood showing. A man is surprised late at night by a man who grabs him; the intruder strings a rope over the top of a door and we see the rope move and a noose is lifted with the victim's neck in it and the victim hangs with his feet off the floor, grimacing and struggling for a few seconds before he dies. A woman stands at the end of a subway platform and a man grabs her, she struggles, and he pushes her in front of a speeding train that rushes off-screen (we hear that she died); we see that her fiancée watched this action on her laptop and we see her bawling and gasping. A woman enters an apartment, sits in front of a laptop facing the camera and a man puts something around her neck and quickly strangles her; he then picks up her body and places it in a bedroom off-screen. A woman walks in front of an unlit building as a man rushes into the fame and grabs her from behind before the screen goes black. A man sits on his bicycle in a street and a computer screen shows a voting tally on whether he can live or die; the result is a landslide that he dies and a van speeds into the frame, hits him, and carries him off-screen, presumably dead. A woman disappears off-screen when a man appears in her living room and we hear two loud bangs off-screen (we don't see her again).
 Video footage shows a woman chained by one wrist to a wall in a dark warehouse and a man sets a can of food on the floor several yards away and leaves; the woman runs frantically for the food and falls when the chain yanks her to a stop several feet away from the can. A woman in a video is shown lying unconscious in a rectangular space sunken into a floor as a hand unscrews the cap on the spout of a 50-gallon barrel and begins to tip it over the woman, the scene freezes and we see a still shot of the woman struggling in yellow foam. A hand opens the spout of a 50-gallon barrel and we see the eyes and fingers of a frightened woman looking up out of an opening in the floor. A teenage girl, dirty and disheveled sits in front of a laptop to look into the camera in close-up and when her hair falls away from her face we see a bloody hole in her forehead and she screams, ending the scene.
 A news headline states that a 17-year-old girl is missing and video footage shows a man climbing through a window at night into her dark bedroom where she is asleep; the man wears a hoodie over most of his face as he bends over the girl's head briefly and a text message on a computer screen states that a buyer wants a video of "trephination" in which a hole is drilled into the girl's head and something is placed inside the hole.
 A man carries a body in a body bag into a man's apartment and lays it down on a couch. A man breaks into a woman's apartment, accesses a laptop, and threatens the woman's boyfriend with her murder; he types that he will also kill the boyfriend and all his online friends unless he returns a laptop and a sum in Bitcoin. A man threatens another man several times and the two men argue verbally and in texts, and the first man breaks into conversations the second man has with friends to threaten him several more times. A man tells his friends about another man threatening him, later he says it was a joke, and later still, admits the problem and that his girlfriend and all the friends are in danger; the friends shout angrily and argue with the boyfriend about calling the police. A computer screen shows a suicide note claiming that a dead man and his friends did bad things and he is sorry while another screen shows a hacker photo shopping the face of a dead man's friend onto the head of a murderer in a still shot of the murderer in a woman's bedroom.
 A man in his basement hears a loud noise and jumps. Video footage shows a very dark hospital room and in a view from above with a woman lying on a bed, connected to an oxygen line and a vital signs machine. A man and his girlfriend argue over Skype, using fast hand gestures and texting several times; she hangs up on him once and the computers crash another time. A man sees on his laptop that a criminal has sent the man's girlfriend a message as if it were from him, telling her to go to an isolated location in the middle of the night (he cries into the camera and his eyes red). An animated computer wallpaper shows a long dark hallway with many burning torches. A man threatens that he will put a knife to a woman's throat, but we do not see this. A man slams both his hands down on his desk and curses. A woman yells at her mother over the phone in a foreign language. We hear that a woman has cancer of the brain and is on life support. A man says he had to put his dog down and looks sad.
 We hear that a ring of criminals on the dark web deal in stolen credit cards, child pornography and unnamed drugs; they also murder teen and twenty-something women and film the murders for sale (they use the name Charon, representing the entity that transports the dead across the River Styx) and we see five of these people with hoodies that cover their faces except for their eyes as they stare into the camera for a few seconds.
 A man brushes his teeth without toothpaste and does not spit.

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LANGUAGE 6 - About 10 F-words and its derivatives, 5 sexual references, 14 scatological terms (1 in sign language), 6 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (weird, stupid, corny, goofball, old, thief, daft, nerd, sheeple, Captain Spock), exclamations (shut-up, jeez), 3 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man tells friends online that he has some "killer bud" twice, and a character mentions cocaine twice (we see none). A hand in a photo holds a bottle of champagne being poured into a car's gas tank.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Computer safety, cyberbullying, trolling, stalking, the dark web, safety, danger, social media, crime, snuff films, murder, loss, grief, helplessness, secrets, lies, honesty, deafness, American Sign Language, friendship, relationships, gay marriage, love, respect, communication, understanding.
MESSAGE - Internet safety is vital and can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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