MTV reports on three recent films about scary technology. On deck is Personal Shopper (2016), about a creepy iPhone. Following is Human Surge (2016), which connects characters through technology (more in this review). Last is Unfriended (2014), concerning spectral revenge for online bullying.
By hewing to the present, movies like these lay out the ways our lives have already merged with our machines, and they’re able to do so without succumbing to the built-in moralism of dystopia as a genre. Whether modern communication is good or bad is almost irrelevant — even if there were a definitive answer to the mystery of technology’s effect on human behavior, would we care enough to actually stop using the devices that bind us?