Chatroom (2 stars)


(15) 97min

Young British acting talent is out in force in this drama set in an alternative cyber reality. Aaron Johnson, Imogen Poots, Matthew Beard, Hannah Murray and Daniel Kaluuya are the rising Brit stars who meet in a chatroom that has been created by Johnson’s William, the son of an author. In the age of Facebook and Twitter, there is already something dated about meeting in a chatroom, however the confined space and locked off world is a perfect excuse for creating an alternative reality where teenagers can come and say what’s really on their minds.

An episode of Skins or the Inbetweeners has far more insight into the young psyche than any moment in Chatroom, which veers into thriller territory with predictable results. It’s strange that a movie so lacking in substance arrives with such pedigree. It’s based on a play and adapted for the screen by Hunger scriptwriter Enda Walsh and sitting in the director’s chair is Hideo Nakata, who directed the Ring films, Japanese and American versions. Still Jon Henson’s sparse but thoughtful production design gives a chilling sense of foreboding and a sense of the otherworld.

Selected release from Fri 24 Dec.

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  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hideo Nakata
  • Written by: Enda Walsh
  • Cast: Aaron Johnson, Hannah Murray, Matthew Beard

Based on a play, this cyber-thriller stars Johnson as William, an author's son who creates an alternative world online where a group of other teenagers come to share their thoughts and egg each other on, with predictable results. Foreboding and surreal, but lacking in insight.

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