When John is encouraged by one of his coworkers to check out the site Social Friend Pages to see if he can find his high school girlfriend, he begins a downward spiral. Though he is already married, he begins meeting his old girlfriend just to ‘catch up’. Things get out of hand and John soon finds himself hiding from his wife and from God. Everything comes to a head and John will have to make a decision on which path he is going to take.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
Online is a surprisingly okay production with good video quality and camera work, but it is not error-free. Audio quality is fine, but the soundtrack is very stock. There are also too many scenes with poor lighting. Sets and locations are fine, but we would have liked to see more diversity. Finally, the editing is a major problem in this film as there are far too many empty scenes. Most of the runtime is filler content and wasted time. In short, this is an average production, but it doesn’t save this movie from itself.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
This is perhaps one of the worst so-called plots written. Besides the ridiculous and boring premise that continually repeats the same drudging scenes over and over and again, most of the characters are total strawmen. A majority of the dialogue is obvious and designed to force the plot along. While we certainly agree that many problems can come about from the internet, this film suggests that the internet causes all problems known to man today. Thus, many issues are portrayed incorrectly, as if sin is only available in the digital age and as if these characters had no pre-existing issues before they ventured onto social media. Besides this, no depth or meaning is conveyed—struggles cannot be appreciated not only because they are out of touch with reality, but also because the characters are not believable. In the end, there was little justification for this plot being written.
Acting Quality (1 point)
While this acting is sometimes okay, the cast is overshadowed by one cast member that has a loud, ridiculous, and obviously fake French accent. Elsewhere, emotions are stiff and line delivery is sometimes strained. Though not all is bad, it’s certainly not all good.
We sincerely believe that Kevan Otto means well, but his delivery is often misguided. Non-plots like Online are unfortunately laughable because they are based on flimsy concepts that suggest that sin is worse now than it has been in the past. The characters therein are also so shallow that they can’t be understood. Also, no story has any chance when it consists of a series of scenes that repeat cyclically. Furthermore, when casting, it’s best not to have such a glaring error as a fictitious accent that draws so much attention to itself. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done for this mess.
Final Rating: 2.5 out of 10 points