In an online world, who's controlling who? Puppet master? Victim? Which will you be? When strangers Jim (Matthew Beard), Eva (Imogen Poots), Emily (Hannah Murray) and Mo meet William (Aaron Johnson) online in his new 'Chelsea Teens!' chatroom, they're completely seduced by his fast-talking, charismatic character. But beneath the surface lies a much Darker Truth. William is a dangerous loner, channeling all his energies into cyberspace. He's become an analyser, a calculating manipulator who finds it almost impossible to interact normally with others in the real world, instead turning his hand to manipulating people online. When the timid Jim opens up to William, it sparks a fascination that quickly turns into a dark downward spiral, with the twisted antagonist coercing the rest of the group to become pawns in his deadly game. As the cat-and-mouse situation escalates to devastating heights, can William's Anti-Social networking be brought to an end?
Awful, Dull, Stagy, Lottery-funded, CBBC-level British Movie
- Chatroom review by PV
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This movie is tripe - utter tripe. It is based on a stage play - and boy does it show! It's acted like a bad play in rep - or by a university drama society (but less well acted). The chatroom concept just does not work on screen either - nor does the self-pity Oprah-style psycho-babbling self-pity (it makes characters whiny and irritating, not brave and interesting!). The film is also obsessed with diversity as much as any 4th rate episode of Dr Who which is resembles (it even shares some of the same 'actors') - the credits even thank the Film Council Diversity Department! OMG - it seems the purpose of this movie was to create a piece of diversity propaganda, not a good film. Like some state funded Soviet propaganda - but promoting political correctness. Just like the BBC really - and why the BBC is going downhill fast. Really, this twaddle should have been a cheap CBBC series - kids will watch such nonsense, with flashing lights, noise, internet imagery. Grown-ups can see it's a load of twaddle and badly made. The ending is also more or less directly lifted from Hitchcock, as if in a desperate attempt to inject some tension into the drama. This strategy fails utterly. Ultimately, you just don't care about the characters or if they live or die - which makes all tension seep out of the story and form a stinking putrid puddle of turgid tedium throughout this dire attempt to be 'fast, young and diverse'. Unsurprisingly, this is state funded - lottery and Film Council. All I can say is: if this is where our cash goes, I am glad the Film Council is no more. Good riddance. RIP.