Cyberbully
Cyberbully is a captivating thriller that’s a shining example of excellent limited storytelling. It’s cliché to claim a movie “keeps you on the edge of your seat” but Cyberbully builds incredible tension despite taking place entirely in a teenage girl’s bedroom. Airing this year on Channel 4 in England, this is only an hour-long movie starring Maisie Williams—best known an Arya Stark from Game of Thrones.

If you love the character of Arya Stark, then I consider this a must-watch movie.

Maisie Williams is fucking amazing as Casey Jacobs. It’s quite impressive to see Maisie’s acting range on display. This movie wouldn’t work if Maisie could not seamlessly transition between emotions and provide enough charisma and charm to make this character likable and believable.

For 99.9% of the runtime, Casey is staring at her computer screen while a creepy mysterious hacker is pulling the strings and treating her like a marionette doll. At several points, this person threatens to ruin her life by posting her nude selfies online for her school and the rest of the world. In a sense, this movie is like Compliance minus the gratuitous nudity because Maisie thankfully hasn’t turned 18 yet.

In the same vein as Black Mirror (an absolutely astounding British TV show), Cyberbully is an introspective look at how the Internet has impacted our society. Specifically, social media plays a pivotal role in this movie as it shows the way kids now communicate with one another online. We live in the Age of Trolls.

Cyberbully wastes no time delving into the story by artfully starting with a shot from the perspective of Casey’s webcam. In this age, never trust webcams. I’ve always covered my webcam with a Band-Aid or piece of tape for this very reason. It is way too easy and convenient for hackers to fuck with people. This is a lesson that Casey learns relatively quickly when she becomes the victim of the attack.

Cyberbully is smart enough to what it is and what it isn’t. Sit back and enjoy this thrilling mystery.

Written by Ben Chanan and David Lobatto, this is a beautifully simple story about bullying.

Basically, Cyberbully is the best public service announcement ever made. But that’s praise with faint damning because this movie certainly pulls some punches to fit a more family-friendly narrative. I understand the reasoning, but I like my stories darker with a bit more dirt rubbed on them.

Valar Morghulis

4 out of 5 stars

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