Eighteen-year-old Juri spends his days absorbed in his computer gaming world, to the exclusion of school, friends, and his exasperated girlfriend. One night his Internet ally "Modred," actually another student named Niki, turns up at his door, fearing for his life. Niki is caught in the grasp of a mysterious new online game, and Juri, warned of the dangers but with nothing to lose, eagerly follows him down the rabbit hole. Initially unimpressed with a game that seems to be nothing but a series of banal tasks, Juri soon finds himself immersed in an all-consuming race against the clock for his very life.
In this taut and violent noir thriller, the lines between reality and the game blur as Juri and Niki are absorbed into the game's cryptic and increasingly morbid world. Finnish suspense master Petri Kotwica (Black Ice) crafts a playfully Hitchcockian plot that blends an atmospheric style with a smart use of gaming imagery to bring a fresh and youthful twist to this high school-set paranoia thriller.
CAST & CREDITS
Directed by Petri Kotwica and Petri Kotwica
Petri Kotwica was born in Finland and studied film at the Helsinki University of Art and Design. He has made several award-winning short films, and his feature debut Homesick won several prizes at international film festivals. His second feature Black Ice won six national film awards.
Director of Photography
Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho
Julius Lavonen, Max Ovaska, Outi Mäenpää, Janne Virtanen, Niina Koponen, Miika Ullakko