Chatroom is a 2010 British drama thriller film directed by Hideo Nakata, about five teenagers who meet on the internet and encourage each other's bad behaviour.
The plot: Teenagers meet in chat rooms, and on many occasions celebrations take place in the main chat room named "Chelsea teens!". The chatroom is portrayed on screen as a real-life room where people talk as a regular chat room on a computer screen...perhaps stealing a tiny bit from 'Tron'. After a paedophile posing as a girl enters the chat room, they install a password to fully secure the site. The main character's bad behaviour quickly produces problems with parents that try to take his computer and mobile phone away. Things get even more complicated with crime, police, guns and a suicide attempt.
The lowdown: Firstly, the premise of the chatroom actually being acted out in 'realtime' rooms is great as it allows for surreal random characters and great sets, filled with real actors as on-line personas. The cast is good too, with the oh-so-lovely-English-Rose Imogen Poots and Aaron Johnson (Kickass).
Is the Internet really this dangerous for young people? Well, maybe. Of course, the writers have to deliver an exciting script and they arguably deliver. I liked Aaron Johnson as a baddie for a change.
Overall verdict: pretty good.