Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Hideo Nakata|
|Produced by||Laura Hastings-Smith
|Written by||Enda Walsh|
|Music by||Kenji Kawai|
|Editing by||Masahiro Hirakubo|
Revolver Entertainment (UK)
|Running time||97 minutes|
Chatroom is a 2010 British thriller film directed by Hideo Nakata about five teenagers who meet on the internet and encourage each other's bad behaviour. The film is based on the play Chatroom by Enda Walsh.
William is a depressed teen recovering from self-harm and regularly goes online to chat rooms. He one day decides to open a chat room himself and calls it "Chelsea Teens!" and quickly makes friends. He meets Jim, another depressed kid; Eva, a model; Emily, a goody two-shoes; and Mo, a normal kid. There is no real subject matter in "Chelsea Teens!" but instead focuses on the lives of each teen as they talk. Even though they only see each other through text, the film depicts them in an old hotel-like room and actually having contact. William is a loner who lives with his parents and solely lives his life on the internet. Jim is another loner who has feelings of depression from his father leaving him and his mother. Eva is constantly made fun of by her co-workers about her appearance. Emily feels distant from her parents and does not feel she gets enough attention. Mo thinks he is a pedophile because he is attracted to his friend's prepubescent sister, Keisha. William sees it to himself to help them in a crude manner. He Photoshops embarrassing pictures of Eva's co-worker and posts online. He convinces Jim to flush down his anti-depressants to make himself feel more relaxed and to reveal his face behind the depressants, his true identity. He tells Emily to do some dirty work, teaming up with Eva they come up with ways in which Emily could be more violent and make it look like somebody is harassing her family which brings her parents to protect her more. He tells Mo to tell his friend Si the truth but this backfires when Si calls him a pervert and attacks him.
William becomes darker and more menacing and even begins to watch people commit suicide. He then takes it upon himself to make Jim commit suicide. His plans are halted though when his computer and phone are taken away from him by his father who, when looking through William's computer, finds one of the suicide videos. William gets his backup computer and phone and goes after Jim who meets up with him at London Zoo. Mo and the others find out about William's intended actions and go to stop him, meeting up in person and trying to follow William and Jim around London. Jim makes it to the Zoo first but decides to not do it. He tries to leave but William goes right after him. William catches Jim but he refuses to shoot himself and throws the gun to the floor. When William gets it and comes back, Eva punches him and the rest of the crew comes followed by the police. William tries to escape but only is able to climb up some crates. He then jumps in front of the speeding train behind the crates and is killed. The teens leave without talking to each other; William's account is shut down and the credits roll.
- Aaron Johnson as William
- Hannah Murray as Emily
- Imogen Poots as Eva
- Matthew Beard as Jim
- Daniel Kaluuya as Mo
- Megan Dodds as Grace
- Michelle Fairley as Rosie
- Nicholas Gleaves as Paul
- Jacob Anderson as Si
- Richard Madden as Ripley
The film was shot in early 2010 at Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, Surrey, with some outdoor scenes shot in Camden and Primrose Hill. The film is based on a screenplay by Enda Walsh, who wrote the stage play of the same name.
The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The theatrical release was in late 2010. It premiered in France in late summer 2010. In September 2010, the film acquired a British distributor. Revolver Entertainment also planned a special online marketing campaign for the film.
- Chatroom at Box Office Mojo
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- Trailer Debut: Hideo Nakata's Chatroom
- Pathe Productions connects with Hideo Nakata's Chatroom
- "63rd Festival de Cannes: Press Conference". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- Someone Must Die in Hideo Nakata's 'Chatroom'
- Beyond Lame International Poster for Hideo Nakata's Chatroom
- Revolver strikes UK deal for Chatroom Screen Daily. 12 September 2010