Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror: Documentary Review

Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror Documentary Review: Disturbing by Nature

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This documentary was disturbing and frightening. Men, even if we can call them that, bullied and harassed women and kids to do their bidding through blackmail. While this documentary on the Nth Room Case wasn't perfect, it was still a harrowing and hard-to-swallow experience just because it was disturbing by nature to begin with.

Over a span of a few years, online chat group operators forced women to do their bidding. Most of these deeds involved sex crimes and self-mutilation. Called "Nth Rooms" on Telegram, the most notorious and prolific operators were called "Baksa" ("Doctor") and "GodGod". The complex hunt to take down these perpetrators and the impact it had on their victims and investigators are detailed in this documentary.

For some odd reason, we just couldn't get into a flow with "Cyber Hell". For us, the biggest culprit were the visual transitions that Director Choi Jin-sung decided to employ (for example, a filled-up coffee cup) just didn't make a lot of sense. It might seem a small thing but this happened scene after scene after scene and got annoying quite fast. When the documentary decides to focus on the interviews though, it truly shines most. There was a layer of emotional and psychological complexity that we didn't anticipate - especially involving those in media who tried to cover the case. At the end of the day, we're just glad that we have this documentary made because it also means that these bastards got caught eventually. "Cyber Hell" may have its faults but it is a harrowing warning on where the internet can lead us when we're not careful.   

Rating: 3 reels

Why you should watch it:
- disturbing and harrowing by nature

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- we felt like its format and style could have been a lot better and more effective 
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