A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main takeaway is "don't take what doesn't belong to you." Curiosity continuously gets the best of the characters, and they keep clicking on things they shouldn't. Once the mistake has been made, there's an effort to do the right thing, but it doesn't go very far.
Positive Role Models
The characters try to do the right thing, even at personal risk, but only after realizing their mistakes and wrongdoings. Brief but positive portrayal of a same-sex interracial relationship. Positive portrayal of a deaf character, with attempts by others to use and understand ASL.
Violence & Scariness
Brutal images of young women held captive and tortured. A woman is chained up, unable to get to the food left out for her. Another woman is in a pit, about to be covered by toxic chemicals. A third woman is locked in a barrel. Another is shown with a hole drilled in her head, plugged by a piece of metal. Other violence includes characters being shot (by multiple bullets), hung by a rope, struck by a van, and pushed in front of a moving train. A minor character is dying of cancer, unplugged from her life support. A jump scare. Scary off-screen noises.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very brief image of couple having sex via a webcam video; a woman sits astride a man, with her back to the camera (nothing graphic shown). Some sex-related talk.
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A few uses of "f--k" and "motherf----r," plus "a--hole," "ass," "goddamn," "d--k," "twat," "hell," "crap," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Heavy use of real apps, websites, and computer software, including Google, Facebook, Spotify, Wikipedia, Apple computers, Bitcoin, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Very brief image, stolen from a webcam, of what appears to be teens drinking at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unfriended: Dark Web is the sequel to 2015's Unfriended. It uses the same everything-happens-via-a-computer execution but has a much darker, more brutal story. Viewers will encounter jump scares and brief but very disturbing images of young women in peril, held captive, and tortured: One is shown to have a chunk of metal wedged into a hole that's been drilled in her skull. There's also a lot of death overall: Characters are shot, hanged, pushed in front of trains, and hit by cars. Language includes a few uses of "f--k" and "motherf----r," as well as "a--hole," "ass," and more. There's a brief webcam image of a couple having sex (not graphic), and some sex talk is heard. Another brief webcam image shows teens possibly drinking at a party. Many real-life computer apps, websites, and brands are used, including Google, Facebook, Spotify, Wikipedia, Apple computers, and Bitcoin. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This sequel effectively uses the same design and execution as its predecessor, but the story here is less spooky and more brutally disturbing, closer to real-world terrors than to the supernatural. Horror screenwriter Stephen Susco (The Grudge, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Beyond the Reach) makes his directing debut here, taking over from the creators of the original Unfriended but adequately copying their intriguing idea. The entirety of Unfriended: Dark Web seems to take place in one shot, in real time, on a single computer screen, with the shifting windows, videos, chats, texts, and timers providing a sense of cutting, building a suspenseful rhythm.
Sound is also used cleverly, mixing Spotify playlists, keyboards clacking and mouses clicking, warning bings, and other familiar computer noises -- but, again, orchestrated for suspense. The trouble comes with the darker material. The first film was a simple ghost story with a revenge plot, an old story maximized for the digital age, with a message against bullying. This one is also a modern story, but one with horrifying repercussions. The images of women held prisoner and tortured and/or murdered are vicious and hard to take. The movie scrapes by because the main characters are as shocked and sickened by these images as we are, but it still gets very close to crossing a line and may indeed cross it from time to time. All of that said, it's well-made -- and scary in a way that most horror movies are not.
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