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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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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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Stagey but clever, thought provoking cyberworld teenage drama thriller
2 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Saw this at a London hotel preview screening today.

Top marks for effort in trying to translate internet chat rooms onto the screen. It did take me quite a while to adjust to the visual interpretations of online cyberworld chatting but having said that, it was very cleverly done if a bit stagy. This is not a horror film. Despite the surrealistic online interpretation, this was first and foremost a dark teenage drama that quite effectively highlights the dangerous mental traps that socially withdrawn youngsters can face online in real life. Maybe parents of teenagers who spends all their time on the internet, may well find this to be a horror film and start taking away their kids computers, then push a football into their hands.

Of course this being cinema, liberties need to be taken with plausibility to turn this intriguing drama into a dark thriller. But it works. Its just that it took a heck of a long time to really get going with the main plot. The dialogue also felt very sluggish. The young actors however, were very good and did well to emote their feelings convincingly.

I was very bewildered at the inclusion of a couple of stop motion animated cartoons which I get the impression were supposed to be darkly funny but I did not find it in the least bit amusing. Maybe that was the idea but it served no purpose in the flow of the movie for me. Also, this being a British Film Four production, it feels so, and you wont find any money spent on special effects apart from a change of wallpaper in the chat rooms.

Overall though, this is a very good thought provoking film with decent performances from the young cast. It is an effective thriller but very sluggish until it really picks up momentum in the 3rd act.


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