Unfriended: Dark Web Ending Explained (In Detail)

Spoilers Alert:

In the sequel to the surprise horror hit “Unknown User”, some young adults have to deal with the dark sides of the Internet. Unfortunately, this is just as cliché as it sounds. About what UNKNOWN USER 2: DARK WEB still sick, we reveal that in our review.

The Plot Summary

When 20-year-old Matias (Colin Woodell) steals a laptop from a café, he quickly realizes that something is wrong with the device. During a Skype game night with his friends, he discovers hidden files in the cache and restores them – a mistake he soon regrets. Unknowingly, the friends are drawn into the depths of the Darknet and gruesome videos with frighteningly real footage appear on their screens. When an anonymous user suddenly hacks in, the evening turns into pure horror. The friends are played off against each other, all their movements are observed and the rules of the game of the evening are completely redefined. How far will the hacker go to protect the secrets of the dark web?

Movie explanation of the ending

When the Skype horror film “Unknown User” hit theaters around the world three years ago, the concept of the project taking place solely on a computer screen was still fairly new. Previously, “Open Windows”, which was largely closed to the public, had been shown at a few festivals, but Levan Gabriadze’s modern horror piece was definitely instrumental in ensuring that this concept slowly began to establish itself in larger projects. This year alone, not only is a sequel to “Unknown User” being released, but at the same time newcomer Aneesh Chaganty has used the narrative technique via desktops for her “Searching” to create what is usually a fairly ordinary kidnapping thriller, which thanks to its special staging is one of the most exciting films this year counts. At the same time, these three examples can also be used to explain the fluctuating quality of such games and also how one could gradually learn from the other. In the first “Unknown User” a single screen was stubbornly filmed, while in “Searching” various perspectives and streaming options were also played with. “Unknown User 2: Dark Web” is now a mixture of both: In terms of staging, it is no longer as monotonous as its predecessor, but the sequel is nowhere near as clever as “Searching”. And then there’s another problem: “Unknown User 2: Dark Web” is one big logic hole.

Mattias (Colin Woodell) and AJ (Connor Del Rio) discovered a chat on the dark web.

Since people confronted with extreme situations rarely always do the right thing straight away, even in real life, it is not a knockout criterion if in a film – and especially in the horror genre – everyone involved does not always make the smartest decision. It’s now almost standard for characters in horror films to act completely against nature; Such script decisions usually only disrupt the viewing experience if they are the only thing that stands out in a film. “Unknown User 2: Dark Web” is one of them. Director and screenwriter Stephen Susco (wrote the scripts for “The Curse – The Grudge” and “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” among other things) builds his entire plot on the fact that his characters, who remain completely pale until the end, make one idiotic decision after the other. It starts with where the main character Matias (Colin Woodell, “Unsane – Delivered”) actually has the laptop on which he and his friends eventually discover countless violent videos, continues when, despite the increasing number of dangerous inconsistencies, he continues to research the laptop owner’s hard drive and ultimately ends in Matias’ clique engage in online conversations with a person (the notebook owner), even though all the evidence suggests that they are dealing with a perverted psychopath. And we don’t want to comment further at this point on the fact that such an extremely dangerous fellow provides his computer with a password that a teenager can quickly crack just by trying it out.

All of what has been described is “only” symptomatic of the absolute naivety of the characters – and at the same time it also explains why all the characters limit themselves solely to a stereotype existence (more than… “That was the nerd!” or “That was the conspiracy theorist!” you won’t be able to say much more about them as soon as you leave the cinema). But “Unknown User 2: Dark Web” is of course primarily intended to be a horror shocker, in which profound character drawing can at best be secondary, as long as the atmosphere is really gripping. But despite some interesting ideas, especially the very atmospheric snuff films, that isn’t the case either: “Unknown User 2” leaves us with an unnecessarily long introduction in which we simply watch the protagonists in their authentic online activities (the film is most likely to spark interest for Matias, as he is with his deaf-mute friend Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras, “Switched at Birth”) at least gets a hint of background and we ultimately experience the events from his perspective), all the way to the basics of jump scare sensationalism. And the most memorable of them is the only reason the audience is constantly being slapped in the face of because, as announced at the beginning, both internal and external logic are ignored.

The interspersed video sequences are among the more atmospheric moments in “Unknown User 2: Dark Web”.

Although we don’t want to go into too much detail to avoid spoilers as much as possible, we can still reveal so much compared to the first “Unknown User” that Stephen Susco uses a similar basic idea as his predecessor Nelson Greaves. In the “Dark Web” too, events gradually develop in a supernatural direction. The supposed psycho killer appears (at least over the Internet!) as a sinister and almost intangible threat, which is announced simply by the much louder, duller noise that it makes when a new message appears, which is always dutifully used as a jump scare Matias’ screen appears. As cheap as this trick is – because of course you still automatically flinch even after the fifth time, simply because it is the body’s natural reaction to hearing any loud noise all of a sudden – it would be bearable if it were used in the context of the film would make sense. But over time it becomes clear that the actual resolution would not allow the sinister adversary to modify numerous computer functions the way he does, simply because the makers decide to throw all previously established plausibility overboard for an outrageous twist to throw, everything in “Unknown User 2” is retroactively subordinated to the cheap jump scare kick. This can be fun if you’re into that kind of thing, or maybe you’re just desperately looking for a counterbalance to “Hereditary” or “Suspiria”. At the same time, the calculation also takes away so much from the potentially harmonious atmosphere, in which some interesting problems of global networking are even addressed at times, which have not yet necessarily been the subject of a typical “Internet film”, that “Dark Web” has little impact even under these conditions is good.

Conclusion: “Unknown User 2: Dark Web” no longer relies on the same staging monotony as the first part, but at the same time the sequel remains true to the jump scare party character of its predecessor and is neither interested in its characters nor in any internal logic. Everything is subordinated to the quick adrenaline rush. And that gets pretty lame after a while.

“Unknown User 2: Dark Web” can be seen in USA cinemas from December 6th.

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