Chatroom – review

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.

Chatroom – review 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.

Powered by article was written by Peter Bradshaw, for The Guardian on Thursday 23rd December 2010 23.01 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010