DVD: Chatroom (15)

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Four middle-class Chelsea teens are lured into an online chatroom by William (Aaron Johnson), who proceeds to prey on their weaknesses – and finally attempts to drive one of them to suicide.

But that makes it sound far more gripping than it is. Hideo Nakata gets around the problem of most of the action happening online by using a real hotel room as a metaphor for the chatroom, resulting in a series of bizarre face-to-face conversations. Chatroom is supposed to be a thriller, but heavy breathing substitutes for tension and the characters are wafer-thin.