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Chatroom (2010)

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5 teenagers are introduced to each other in a chatroom called "Chelsea Teens!", all with different personalities. But when one shows its darker side, it threatens the life of the others.

Director:

Hideo Nakata

Writers:

Enda Walsh (play), Enda Walsh (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... William (as Aaron Johnson)
Imogen Poots ... Eva
Matthew Beard ... Jim
Hannah Murray ... Emily
Daniel Kaluuya ... Mo
Megan Dodds ... Grace
Michelle Fairley ... Rosie
Nicholas Gleaves ... Paul
Jacob Anderson ... Si
Tuppence Middleton ... Candy
Ophelia Lovibond ... Charlotte
Richard Madden ... Ripley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Ashforde Matthew Ashforde ... Jim's Father
Dorothy Atkinson ... Emily's Mother
Greg Bennett ... Police Constable
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5 teenagers are introduced to each other in a chatroom called "Chelsea Teens!", all with different personalities. But when one shows its darker side, it threatens the life of the others.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Control. Alter. Delete.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chat room See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ruby Films See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hideo Nakata's second English-language film after The Ring Two (2005). See more »

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[last lines]
William: Now!
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References Bugsy Malone (1976) See more »

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Starry Eyed
(Jakwob Remix)
Performed by Ellie Goulding
Written by Ellie Goulding and Jonny Lattimer
Published by Global Talent and Copyright Control
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Just terrible.
16 December 2010 | by furiensSee all my reviews

I'm a bit suspicious of the number of decent reviews of this on here, glossing over the major shortcomings of this film.

Although the depiction of the chat-room as physical space is mildly clever (and it definitely feels as if the whole story was built to use this gimmick), the reactions of the characters to their space is completely unconvincing. The obvious lack of conviction and personality coming from any of the cast is almost forgivable given the atrocious script and pointless motivations.

One of Chatroom's strangest failures is that it doesn't seem able to integrate and weave together main-plots with sub-plots and character development, instead assigning blocks of time and space to deal with each separately. It makes unsatisfying story-telling; not all that much interaction takes place between the main characters, their lives mostly just play out independently, without much consequence except to show how inexplicably malicious the main character is. As sub-plots, we are treated to a cringeworthily over-acted memory of the main character's past, and at least two COMPLETELY unresolved sub-plots of other characters, one's disagreement with her parents, and another's obscure and pointless love for his friend's much younger sister. How can they open that can of worms and forget about it?! It's just bad story telling.

Also, maybe a minor point compared to the rest, but it's a bugbear of mine. The presentation of the chat-room and the use of the internet is unsophisticated in its depiction; both simplistic and unrealistic. If it was meant to be a close-to-the-bone comment of the dangers of the internet, why of all things use the outmoded chat-room? It doesn't work.


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