Upon first viewing this movie, I was entertained/incapacitated to the point where revisiting it became necessary in order to write a review. For anyone interested in technological horrors – this feature is incredibly engrossing.
The opening scene leads one to wonder about the exact nature of what you’re about to watch and this speaks to some degree of realism being imbued into Don’t Hang Up by its creators.
The average audience member is likely to reason that it falls into the latter category – although the actions conducted by the protagonists are more jarring to your average audience than the black hat vigilante justice that later befalls them.
Given that their motive is to garner exposure at the expense of unsuspecting civilians, it certainly drives home the idea that you shouldn’t have your contact details available in local registries (let alone social media.)
Although a hyper realistic mantra is being employed in evaluating this film, the digital universe it works to illustrate is particularly outdated. Considering just how binding the majority of wide-spread creative mediums are these days; this could be the point made intentionally.
The way in which the main characters’ personal lives are regarded so seriously over social media – even when it comes to intimate, interpersonal associations and the alternation of relationship statuses is quite comical. It immediately emits a reek of hypocrisy from the sort of individuals who devalue the lives of every over being – so long as they serve no purpose to their immediate lives.
However, it could also be ascertained that their elders’ ignorance to the nature of the internet and just how negative an impact their offspring are having on society at large is the reason behind their children’s messed up priorities. This is made clear later into the film; given one character is intent upon joining the military against his father’s wishes.
Fear quickly eliminates the arrogance of Sam and Brady, who are immediately scared to answer their door after acknowledging their tormentor knows their location and online trail. Such immediate regret (not remorse) leads one to believe that if their actions had been compromised by a much more powerful entity earlier; a whole lot of catastrophes would have been preventable.
The dynamic intensity/longevity of how the caller goes about terrorizing the leads likely correlates with the external effects their pranks had upon victims publicly berated online and just how impactful actions of such permanence are.
Ignorance of the fact they’re under covert camera surveillance prior to the action really starting speaks to the leads’ ignorance in regards to the situation’s severity: however, this is something the movie should have made contextually abundant to the audience…