While not in class, Brady (Garrett Clayton) and his best friend Sam (Gregg Sulkin) spend their time making prank calls that they upload online to receive millions of views. As their online celebrity begins to rise, the boys escalate their pranks to a dangerous level. One evening, Brady and Sam receive a prank call of their own, igniting a nightmare for the pair of teenagers when the mysterious caller turns their own game against them with deadly consequences.
What We Thought:
Don’t Hang Up has a good premise, but ultimately fails. The idea of practical jokers getting what they deserve sounds great, but the film was pretty frustrating.
My biggest issue is that I just didn’t care about the two leads. They were jerks. They were typical bros with cameras making jokes and pulling pranks on people. Why do I care if they live or die then? I didn’t. I wanted them dead pretty much immediately.
I’m also not a fan of internet “celebrities” so again, I didn’t care about these guys. They were becoming internet “famous” by recording their prank phone calls and that’s ridiculous. The fact that there’s a generation growing up wanting to be internet famous is disgusting. You’re supposed to root for them to survive, but I didn’t. They deserved to die. They didn’t know why the killer was seeking revenge, but it’s easy to figure out after the opening scene. They were punks, they got what they deserved as far as I’m concerned.
I’m probably supposed to know who the two leads are, but I don’t. I looked them up on IMDB and I’d assume the younger generation knows and loves them. Same for the love interest Bella Dayne.
The worst part is, Don’t Hang Up could have worked. Both the pranksters and the killer used technology of today to their advantage, but the film did have a “It’s coming from inside your house” vibe to it. Plus there’s a bit of Saw in it in the way the killer would give them commands or try to get them to kill each other. Unfortunately the characters were miserable human beings that I just didn’t care about.
Cast & Crew:
- Gregg Sulkin
- Garrett Clayton
- Bella Dayne