Unfriended: Dark Web

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Unfriended: Dark Web Movie Poster Image
Screen-focused sequel has a much more brutal story.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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).

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybraedon13h July 27, 2018

Unfriended: Dark Web

Unfriended: Dark web: Language: 10/10- Strong langiage such as, "M----------r", "f--k", "s--t", "b---h", "dick... Continue reading
Adult Written bygowan6482 July 31, 2018

Unfriended: Dark Web

This is why I play with my computer near the door:D Boxxy software have all cool movies i ' m gonna watch
Teen, 13 years old Written byHails_ July 20, 2018

Plot is confusing at times

Unfriended: Dark Web was better than I excpected. It was more violent than the first, and quite a bit of swearing. Anyone under 13 would probably be very distur... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGhoulGirl13 August 17, 2018

Very Intense, Disturbing but Great Movie!

I’ve seen so many people say that the trailer of this movie tells everything, but that’s false. The trailer to this movie only shows some of all the disturbing... Continue reading

What's the story?

In UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB, Matias (Colin Woodell) is working on his American Sign Language app on a new computer, hoping to impress his deaf girlfriend, Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras). He and Amaya argue over Skype, and then it's time for game night with Matias' friends: A.J. (Connor Del Rio), Damon (Andrew Lees), Lexx (Savira Windyani), and Serena (Rebecca Rittenhouse) and Nari (Betty Gabriel), who've just gotten engaged. Then Matias' computer -- which he picked out of the lost and found at a café -- starts acting oddly, and he discovers a hidden file full of strange, disturbing videos of girls in jeopardy. He pokes around further and finds info about huge transfers of money. Before long, a sinister figure called Charon is after him and his friends. Can the danger move off their screens and into their homes?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Unfriended: Dark Web's violence. How far does it go? Does the brevity of the disturbing images make them any less upsetting?

  • How accurately does the movie reflect people's real-life media habits? Does it suggest any changes?

  • Does the movie seem to be glorifying the media brands that are shown and used? Did it make you want to start using any of them?

  • How is this sequel similar to or different from the original?

  • What's the appeal of horror movies?

Movie details

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