Review by Monique Thompson
Laura is a popular college student who graciously accepts an online friend request from Marina, a young social outcast. To everyone’s shock, Marina takes her own life after Laura decides to unfriend her. Soon, a disturbing and mysterious video appears on Laura’s profile and her Facebook contacts slowly dwindle. When her friends suddenly begin to die one by one, the frightened young woman must figure out a way to stop the carnage before it’s too late.
For those wondering after reading the synopsis….No, Friend Request is not Unfriended, even though it sounds almost just like it. Clearly two people had the exact same idea in mind for a movie and they both acted on it.
In Friend Request, Laura learns what it feels like to be alone after she’s psychologically tormented by the spirit of one of the not so popular girls that committed suicide. Prior to Marina taking her own life, she becomes upset that Laura excluded her from her birthday celebration that was comprised of Laura’s closest friends and family.
Without meaning to continually plug Unfriended – it’s hard not to – Friend Request is really not any better. Quite honestly, I’d choose Unfriended over FR. There’s just a bit too much going on and it seems like one of those made-for-TV movies. The acting is decent however that’s not enough to carry the entire movie.
I’m always down for a good horror but Friend Request just isn’t the one and in my opinion you won’t be missing anything if this is one you choode to skip over.