There’s a glimmer of a good idea in “Unfriended: Dark Web
.” Unfortunately, it’s already been exploited, and to better effect, in 2015’s squirmily relatable “Unfriended.”
The latter cost a million bucks to make and took in $64 million, so you can see why horror shingle Blumhouse wanted to revisit the well. But this time, the bucket’s pretty dry.
The retread jettisons sociological insight for a grim and generally joyless journey that feels entirely obligatory. Where the first film tapped into the Internet’s unavoidable underbelly — cyberbullies, trolls, obsessive Fomo — the second never settles on a persuasive Pov.
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of the DeadColin Woodell
(soon to star in the TV spinoff of “The Purge
”) plays amateur programmer Matty. When he finds an abandoned laptop at a coffee shop, he can’t resist taking it home. But nothing’s truly free in this world,