Friend Request

A college student opens a demonic gate when she unfriends a lonely suicidal girl on social media.

 

Germany
2016
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Demon Film
Insects: 
Bee
Trickster: 
Hacker
Object: 
Mirror
4
Won't age well...
6
3.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Performances
Plot
Editing
When it comes to filmmaking, no subject is timelier than Facebook, but we all know this kind of stuff won’t age well. Better watch this while it is culturally relevant. So, we buy the main protagonist, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey, as both the popular girl and the good girl, a subtlety that ultimately plays against her, as her good deeds backfire.
What you may not have realized, by that time, is that this is a ghost story. You’ll believe a ghost can hack computers by the time this film is over. Just kidding! Anyone who knows anything about coding or video editing will soon realize how much of a travesty this plot is. It makes no sense. Passed the first act, this movie becomes very generic and unattractive.
The deeper you dig, into this film, the worse it gets. The writers cheat themselves out of a few subplots, and sometimes rely on cheap jump scares. Friend Request isn’t all terrible. Compositing, for instance, is one of its strengths. The actors are really convincing, and they somehow care about a flick that was either butchered in the editing process or was problematic from the get go.
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