Unfriended: Dark Web (15)



Horror (2018)
93mins US

Starring: Betty Gabriel, Colin Woodell, Rebecca Rittenhouse
Director: Stephen Susco
Writer(s): Stephen Susco
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Matias O'Brien has appropriated a discarded laptop. The machine experiences technical glitches and Matias seeks help from his coterie of online pals comprising AJ, Damon, Lexx, Nari and Serena. In the process of cleaning the laptop's faltering hard drive, Matias talks to a mysterious user named Charon on a message board. AJ, Damon and co are party to Matias's actions via screen sharing. They become witnesses to a potential murder.

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Unfriended: Dark Web (15)

Writer-director Stephen Susco's belated sequel to the 2014 horror thriller Unfriended retains the neat stylistic conceit of piecing together a fractured narrative in windows that appear on a central character's laptop screen. Music and video streams overlap with typed conversations on social media channels as the protagonist accesses a browser to search for clues to a chilling mystery. The hapless hero's face, etched increasingly with fear, is visible in one of the windows, creating the illusion of events unfolding in real time. Like its predecessor, Unfriended: Dark Web retains a waft of suspense for the opening 15 minutes but this dissipates as the script loosens its grasp on plausibility to deliver explosions of sickening violence and a risible final twist...

Unfriended: Dark Web. Copyright: BH Tilt/Universal Pictures. Caption: Colin Woodell as Matias and Connor Del Rio as AJ in Unfriended: Dark Web, directed by Stephen Susco. All Rights Reserved.The sequel also flouts its own rules. A shadowy villain explains that a girl will be murdered if the characters - linked via video conferencing - alert the police or move out of the field of vision of their cameras. Almost immediately, one protagonist disappears from their video stream for an extended period. There is no punishment for this infraction, erasing jeopardy that should be hard-wired into every flickering frame.

Matias O'Brien (Colin Woodell) acquires a replacement laptop to develop a sign language application to communicate more effectively with his deaf girlfriend, Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras). The machine crashes twice and Matias seeks help online from technical wizard Damon (Andrew Leeds), who is based in London, and a coterie of pals comprising AJ (Connor Del Rio), Lexx (Savira Windyani), Nari (Betty Gabriel) and her girlfriend Serena (Rebecca Rittenhouse).

In the process of cleaning the computer's overloaded hard drive, Matias uncovers hidden files, which provide secure access to a chatroom called The River. AJ, Damon and co are party to Matias's progress thanks to screen sharing and they witness his journey into the dark web. The pals urge Matias to exit The River but the real owner of the laptop, a shadowy figure named Charon IV, makes contact. He threatens to kill Amaya unless the machine is returned immediately. Matias and his terrified pals become embroiled in a frantic race against time to protect Amaya and outwit a mad man, who can hack into any device to remotely hunt his prey.

Unfriended: Dark Web might deliver immersive shudders and jolts when viewed on a laptop or computer but projected onto a big screen, Susco's sequel seldom chills and doesn't thrill. The plot feels contrived and second-hand, and stylistic conceits prevent us from getting to know Matias and co sufficiently to invest emotionally in their survival. Media-savvy characters are laughably clueless about the perils of online communication and repeatedly put themselves in harm's way for no other reason than they are destined to perish to meet the obligatory body count.

- Jo Planter

Unfriended: Dark Web. Copyright: BH Tilt/Universal Pictures. Caption: Colin Woodell as Matias and Connor Del Rio as AJ in Unfriended: Dark Web, directed by Stephen Susco. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 10th August
To Thursday 16th August

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Downpatrick, Downpatrick Omniplex
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glenrothes, The Kino Glenrothes
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Workington, Plaza Cinema
- Worksop, Savoy Cinema
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 17th August
To Thursday 23rd August

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- York, Vue York


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