You may remember, a few weeks ago we had a blog post that previewed an upcoming film A Girl Like Her. The film, one that resembles a real-life documentary depicting the problems society has with bullying in our school systems, was aimed to grab the attention of teenagers and their parents around the country.
Today, we would like to take the time to introduce you to another upcoming film Unfriended, which will release on April 17. The basic premise of this film has a high school student (Laura) committing suicide after receiving constant ridicule over an embarrassing video that was captured of her at a party. There was a group of students who were especially cruel to Laura and not surprisingly, the biggest factor in this treatment of Laura was their jealously towards her.
Like many teenagers growing up in today’s society, these students communicated daily through the use of social media and Skype video chat. One night the video chat is abruptly interrupted by a mysterious caller who aims to take digital revenge at the students who caused so much pain to a student that eventually took her own life.
Unfriended shows us the hidden ugly truth of what really goes in in the lives of teenagers in this generation. Bullying/cyberbullying is something that has become a huge issue around the world in the last 10-15 years.
Films like this are important because they force us to step out of our comfort zone and recognize the real consequences that can result when teenagers engage in bullying activity. There is nothing more sad than learning how a child’s life was destroyed at no fault of their own…. after it’s too late.
Early reviews suggest it is well worth your time to make the trip to see the film but only if you are prepared for what you are going to see. Calum Marsh from Slant Magazine explains:
“Horror fans, broadly speaking, have come to regard conspicuous gimmicks and ostentatious high concepts with skepticism over the years, as filmmakers—and, more often still, shrewd producers—have exhausted every novelty of form or structure in a bid to seize on the latest trend. So it’s with due caution that one approaches Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended, which is billed as “told in real-time, entirely from a teenaged girl’s computer screen.” A faintly desperate variation on the increasingly tired found-footage trend hardly sounds appealing. And yet, remarkably, the framing device proves thoughtful, even rather elegant—an appropriate vehicle for a work of intelligence and wit.”
The fact that two films (A Girl Like Her and Unfriended) that had a similar message (raising awareness on bullying) were released within a few weeks of each other is not by coincidence. Slowly but surly, the world is beginning to understand how dangerous of an issue this has been for some time now and how crucial it is to do something about it.
With your help, we can make a difference. Help end the fight against bullying. Join the conversation using the hashtag #StopBullying and #BeTheChange.