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Chatroom (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  22 December 2010 (UK)
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A group of teenagers encourage each other's bad behavior in a chatroom "Chelsea Teens!".

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A group of teenagers encourage each other's bad behavior in a chatroom "Chelsea Teens!".

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Control. Alter. Delete.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, some sexual material and brief language | See all certifications »

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While the film advertises "from the director of The Ring" director Hideo Nakata was, in fact, the director of the original Japanese film Ringu (1998) to which would inspire the American remake The Ring (2003) by American director Gore Verbinski. Nakata however would return to direct the American sequel The Ring Two (2005) See more »

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Eva: Come on! Come on, get personal. Who is it? Who does Jim hate?
Jim: Me.
Mo: Really Jim?
Eva: You hate yourself... So what?
Emily: D'you have an okay family life?
Jim: [Nods] Yeah. Yeah. I don't have a father. But my mum is really nice.
Eva: So you hate yourself, because?
Jim: I've been on anti-depressants for two years.
Emily: And... Do they help? Do you know if they're helping?
Jim: I don't know... Maybe...
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Performed by Miike Snow
Written by Pontus Winnberg (as Winnberg), Christian Karlsson (as Karlsson), Andrew Wyatt (as Blakemore) & Henry Jonback (as Jonback)
Published by Downtown Music LLC, Copyright Control, and Universal Music Publishing
(P) 2009 Miike Snow under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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A Novel Idea But Doesn't Deliver
3 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The concept of Chatroom is a really good idea: five teenagers join an online chatroom and the film portrays their conversations as if they are happening in the real world, in a physical room. I can see, with quite a bit of rewriting, this working as a very engaging stage adaption. However, this film doesn't deliver on the goods. If I could make some decisions here I would have kept the entire film surrealistic, keeping every scene in the virtual world instead of flashing back and forth from the online fantasy into the real world where the kids are typing into their laptops or phones. That would have taken quite a bit of more talent to write, however, as we'd have to stay engaged with a conversation in a My Dinner With Andre sort of way. Also, two of the characters are extremely neglected and their subplots are never carried through to fruition. I also have a hard time believing, even in the virtual world of the internet, that the villain here could actually manipulate everyone so easily without anyone really objecting. It would have been in that objection, in the passion of that debate, that this movie could have found its true energy. But unfortunately it relies too heavily on every parent's paranoid nightmare of the internet leading to suicide or a sexual predator. There are some novel ideas here but unfortunately this film does not realize the potential of those ideas.


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