Chatroom

  • 15
  • Hideo Nakata (2010)
  • UK
  • 93 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Adapted from his own play by Hunger screenwriter Enda Walsh, this macabre cyber-thriller stars Kick-Ass's Aaron Johnson as William, a charismatic outsider who creates an intimate internet chatroom where guests are hand-picked for membership. On the surface, William is your standard sulky teenage rebel, dismissive of both his rich author mother and authority in general. But what his new online friends don't realise is that he is also a dangerous and damaged individual who has chosen them for their character flaws and is manipulating them all, culminating in an effort to force one of them into suicide. Johnson shines as this amoral Pied Piper, and his sinister mission gives rise to some truly disturbing moments. Sadly, these plausible chills are offset by the film's clumsy youth-movie trimmings, which, through lurid visuals and ripe overacting by its largely unknown support cast, drain most of the suspense and interest from what what was clearly intended as a provocative morality tale.

Plot Summary

Psychological thriller starring Aaron Johnson. Five teenagers meet online, little realising that the most charismatic of them is in fact a dangerous loner, who is soon targeting the most vulnerable member of the group.

Cast and crew

Cast

William
Aaron Johnson
Eva
Imogen Poots
Jim
Matthew Beard
Emily
Hannah Murray
Mo
Daniel Kaluuya
Grace
Megan Dodds
Rosie
Michelle Fairley
Paul
Nicholas Gleaves
Si
Jacob Anderson
Candy
Tuppence Middleton
Charlotte
Ophelia Lovibond
Ripley
Richard Madden

Crew

Director
Hideo Nakata

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Revolver
Guidance: 
Violence and sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Dec 2010
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Revolver Entertainment
Categories
Drama