Horror films really have to let go of the trope where the theme of the film just happens to be the topic of discussion in the class the protagonist is in. I get it, it’s easy exposition that sets the scene and context and shows how deep the film is. Sometimes it might be interesting, but I doubt that many need more context when it comes to the banality of social media.
Influencers are fake, their videos are fake, their lives aren’t perfect, they have struggles and emotions and social media can take over people’s lives as it easy to develop an obsession. We get it. We know it. We live it.
#No_Filter tells the tale of an influencer, Anna, who recently got fame, or followers at least. She acts sweet and innocent while being just as manualiter and shallow as everyone else. A guy in her class gets a nosebleed and everybody starts filming because what is more interesting than a video of a dude you don’t know getting a nosebleed? Not Anna, she tells them to stop filming and goes to help him… while filming how sweet and thoughtful she is.
I can’t really explain the film’s plot because I’ve no idea what was going on and I’m not sure there is a plot here other than the basic premise that social media destroys your soul, or something. I guess there is a twist, but it’s quite obvious long before it happens, so I’m not even sure that counts. Hannah McIver is fine playing the influencer, I mean, I believed she was an annoying over sharing person with a fractured psyche, so there’s that.