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3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love this, January 20, 2013
This review is from: Smiley (DVD)
I wish I could give this movie five stars. I really do. I love the idea of a manifestation of human evil, coming alive through one of our greatest tools. I love the examination of "trolling" behavior and how it looks when people take that attitude into the real world. I love the idea of the extremes we can go through when we have the advantage of anonymity. And I love the idea of humanity being just a step in the evolution of something truly terrifying.

That being said though, the movie itself is a mess. Most of the actors are good, but the script is a jumbled mess. The dialogue is so overly-dramatic and jarring. It sounds to me like the writers spent a lot of time researching the inner-working of internet communities and personalities in a textbook, but never actually bothered to go online.

I enjoyed the reveal towards the end and thought it made for a very good ending, but the actual last couple of minutes were a little disappointing and predictable.

I think the filmmakers have some great ideas, but could really use some more time at the drawing board, trying to figure out the execution.

I give it three stars for the effort, because I am very impressed with the idea behind it, but I'm willing to admit that it's a generous rating, considering how the whole thing actually panned out.
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Initial post: Jan 23, 2013 9:20:55 AM PST
Customer says:
cant please all tastes

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 10:41:09 AM PST
While most of the online reviews of Smiley seem to be negative,(I haven't seen it yet), the writer/director Michael Gallagher has definitely been online. He has a popular YouTube channel called TotallySketch, and has probably spent many hours reading viewers' comments over the years. But his channel is a comedy channel, and I thought it was odd his first movie was a horror movie,not a comedy.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 3:20:59 AM PDT
bigwalt says:
make sure you watch pass the credits! I did it for the lolz

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 3:57:50 AM PDT
I don't remember if I watched after the credits. I rented it. But I did see the lolz, then a last murder by Smiley, something else happen?
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