Hollywood is ready to exploit Social Media now, especially Facebook. Not exactly Hollywood, but it is the German production that shot in South Africa that has a team of English language people who will also get in action. Let us take a look at THN’s Friend Request review that was presented by Luke Ryan Baldock.
The Movie has launched itself on the social media, but failed miserably. People didn’t buy the story at all and completely unfriended it. So, Friend Request is not going to be memorable at all.
One of the most popular girls in the college, Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has over 800 friends in her Facebook profile. It won’t be wrong to measure her status through her Facebook friends, but despite being satirical, this aspect becomes humorous as the film progresses. Laura becomes the only friend of Marina, a character that was played by Liesl Ahlers. But, it wasn’t too long when Laura demolished the delusions of Marina who is totally obsessed to each of Laura pictures that were uploaded on Facebook. After being removed from the friend’s list of Laura, Marina ends her life and she also put the streaming of her suicide on the social networks that further extends into hauntings.
Had there been a simple plot, the story would have been much better, but the unnecessary laughter and stupid characters made the movie look horrible. Viewers don’t have to be too indulged in order to find the stupidity in the movie when the video of Marina’s suicide appears on Laura’s timeline. The reply of Detective Cameron Quips is more than weird. The failure of the Police department was clearly visible. Despite witnessing the paranormal experiences themselves, Laura’s friends blames her all the time.
Another big mistake that was made in the movie is removal of any moral message. The reason unfriended worked because the victims that were being haunted actually bullied the spirit who was on the revenge spree. In Friend Request, Marina just went crazy for no reason. Also, there is an absence of the social commentary because Laura reaches out to Marina. In the movie, you will never feel as if you should extend any help to the school loners because if something happens, they will return from hell to haunt you.
Moreover, there are some highly disturbing imagery views. Marina’s online videos are somewhat good and they also add a bit of spark, but the screenplay, dialogues and the characters sank the whole movie. The story is also quite exciting, and it could have resulted in a better film, but in reality, the movie failed to make its place in the hearts of the audiences.
Overall, the movie is a one-time watch because it is hard to understand. Comedy and horror get mixed well together, but writers should know the art of doing it. Some parts in the movie would give you thrills, but overall, it is a complete waste of time. I won’t give thumbs up to it at all.