Nakata's Chatroom trailer online
There's a trailer online for Hideo Nakata's latest film, Chatroom, it's a rather strange trailer that mixes the real and online worlds together and keeps the online worlds as real as though you were there. It does take a few moments to get used to, but when you do you can see the attraction of the story.
I have to say I'm not utterly convinced by the trailer, for me it does need another cut and better quality, but it's looking rather interesting.
I'm a big fan of Hideo Nakata, after all he really did give birth to the Ringu series that drew the West's attention towards Japanese and Asian horror, something which he should be very proud of, and he's got Out and The Entity remake forever on his to make list.
Still, I'm not convinced about Chatroom. It's a clever execution of an interesting concept though, and here's the plot:
When five teenagers meet online, innocent friendships are forged. But soon one dysfunctional member of the group, increasingly drawn to the darker side of the online world, singles out the most vulnerable in the group and seizes the chance to erase his own past. A chance to manipulate, to make a statement: a chance to lead someone down the path of no return. Set in both online and offline worlds, this smart psychological thriller has a poignant relevancy, exposing the chilling reality of what happens when the lines between reality and cyberspace become blurred...
If it's written well, and it comes from Enda Walsh who wrote the Steve McQueen film Hunger, then it could be a fascinating film. Interestingly Walsh is credited with writing Chatroom as a play and then a screenplay.