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.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?! Also, maybe a minor point compared to the rest, but it's a bugbear of mine.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.This plays out more like a poorly written teen novel than a movie.I thought the manipulation of the other teens by the angry Emo was far too simple.
It is really, really well done, and anyone (even slightly) familiar with the world of chatrooms will be blown away by the realism.
This gives this movie quite a strange feel, theatrical at points, but it is quite effective. It all starts out fairly innocent but slowly we get drawn into his real intentions.
The people who come in his chatroom all have their own issues.
The movie goes back and forth between "real life" (the outside world) and internet life (the conversations and chats of the protagonists, here represented into a physical reality, so as not to spend an hour and 46 minutes filming youth typing on a keyboard).
It is not a horror movie, but rather a good psychological thriller, with the story of a disturbed teen who tries to alleviate his own misery by making others miserable.