It is this film's misfortune to appear at around the same time as The Social Network and Catfish, two hugely sophisticated and insightful films about the internet and the digital age.
In comparison, this silly drama from Japanese director Hideo Nakata, scripted by Enda Walsh, looks naive, prurient and condescending about the web and young web users. Five London teens meet in a chatroom, only to discover one of them is a sinister, destructive figure. The production design dramatising the imagined physical spaces of the online chatrooms at the beginning is, I admit, interesting – and deserved more of a response than when I first saw this at Cannes. But the film finally fizzles into feeble melodrama, with all the power of an old episode of Grange Hill.
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