Socialphobia (2014) – Movie


I like movies that are both entertaining from the get-go and ends with a solid moral lesson. This one checks both the boxes. If you use social media, which I know you do, then trust me you’ll love this one!

The South Korean movie belongs to the thriller genre — a genre I believe east asian movies have mastered! — and has a mystery plot.

Although this movie shows you many facets of the internet culture, I find the most prominent premise of this movie to be social media / online ethics.

The movie showcases how people become bitter and vengeful when they’re behind the veil of anonymity, but also when that veil is lifted! See, that’s what I love about this movie, it’s not just about twitter rants taking ugly turns (although, it kinda is) but also about how we might take our online behaviour to offline.

People usually are a little harsher than the normal in online, but when you spend a LOT of time tweeting and facebooking, what’s gonna stop your online behaviour, expectations, and responses from creeping into your offline life?

It’s a phenomena that happens for real: sometimes we define or judge our reality based on an Instagram post.

The movie’s protagonist, a student taking exams to join the police academy, along with his friends takes his netizenship duties way too serious and tries to get back at a girl in twitter who’s exceptionally rude to everyone that comes under her radar. A comment she posted about a military officer’s suicide provoked this twitter war between them.

The avenging, however, does not stay for long within the borders of their device screens. The girl’s real identity is revealed and the gang of boys try to confront her IRL. When they reach her apartment, she’s found dead, and the mystery begins: suicide or murder?

I can tell you no more about the plot. See it yourself and enjoy the suspense while pondering over human behaviour. I will tell you this much though, the climax is honestly the best part of the movie! In spite of its fiction plot, the execution comes off very realistic.

See if it’s available in any streaming services you might be using, first. Maybe Netflix has it? Dramafever or Viki might have it, too, as they carry a lot of South Korean Movies. If you’d like a DVD, then here’s one in Amazon.

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