“Unfriended: Dark Web” (BH Tilt)
By Catholic News Service
This sequel to the 2015 original relies on the cherished formula of a group of well-meaning, yet feckless, young people making earnestly bad decisions, especially those twin time-honored choices, not to involve law enforcement and not to get out of the house when a murderer is running rampant. A young tech whiz (Colin Woodell) and five of his pals, including his deaf girlfriend (Stephanie Nogueras), get caught up in the mayhem of the dark Web after he steals a computer and its hard drive turns out to be loaded with creepy content.
Despite cliches, writer-director Stephen Susco adopts an updated, entertaining style and goes relatively easy on the bloodletting, making his film acceptable, in that respect, for most grownups — a slew of generally stylized killings notwithstanding. The inclusion in the onscreen ensemble of a lesbian couple who consider themselves engaged, on the other hand, will not be to the taste of believers in the audience of any age.
Much gun and physical violence with some gore, a benignly viewed homosexual relationship, fleeting profanities, frequent rough language. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.