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Score: 38%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 90 Mins.
Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Drama
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Cyberstalker is a Lifetime movie about a young woman named Aiden Ashley (Mischa Barton) who is the victim of a cyberstalker in her teen years. As her stalker escalates, her parents request police assistance but it isnít enough to keep him out of their home and resultantly, he murders them. Aiden then goes into hiding, cutting herself off from all forms on technology.

Fast-forward 13 years and Aiden is a promising young artist being shepherded by Winton Cornelis (Mark Caven), gallery owner and benefactor to Aiden, so much so that she has taken his last name as her own. Everything seems to be going just fine, but then all of a sudden the focus comes back to her cold case from all those years ago. The investigating police officer, Detective Page (Ron Lea), is still obsessed with the case and becomes concerned that she can now be found with today's technology, so he consults a computer geek by the name of Jack Dayton (Dan Levy) to help locate her so they can protect her. Meanwhile, as her art begins to grow in popularity, Aiden's whereabouts become more accessible and she finds she may be putting those she cares about in danger just by her very existence. To complicate matters further, a handsome young art admirer named Paul Rogers (Marco Grazzini) has entered her life and wants to pursue a romantic relationship, despite Aiden being so closed off from the world and others. Who can she trust?

Cyberstalker is an incredibly predictable "thriller" and to be honest, I found a lot of what went on in the movie to be insulting to my intelligence. The murders of Aidenís parents took place in 2000 and were blamed on her presence on social networking sites, but MySpace and Facebook didnít even exist until 2003/2004 respectively. Next, this girl's parents are murdered in front of her and yet she stays in the same area, just moving to downtown and she even keeps her same (very unusual) first name? I just don't buy it. Then there's the "computer geek" in the wheelchair who looks like a dead ringer for Clark Kent. Finally, the cop who originally investigated the crime all of a sudden pulls the case file out and it is at that time that Aiden's stalker decides to go after her again. Why? That makes no sense. It was just all so ridiculous. A friend of mine suggested they should rename the Lifetime Network to the Victim Network and I really can't argue that.

Overall, this movie was terrible. The acting was pretty poor and the plot had more holes than Swiss cheese. I was thankful there were no special features because I didn't want to see a behind-the-scenes featurette on this movie. As a geek myself, I was insulted by the stereotyping. We don't all roll around in wheelchairs wearing thick glasses and slicking our hair back, spouting inane "buzzwords" like Cyber Crimetics, which was Dayton's company name. I call bullsh*t on that one. Crimetics is a stupid, made-up word. Anyway, all I can say is don't waste your time on this movie as it isn't worth it. I only wish I had realized that before I wasted the time watching it. Avoid.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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