Netflix: Unlocked explores the potential horrors of getting hacked

Unlocked - Courtesy Netflix
Unlocked - Courtesy Netflix /

Netflix has been adding a lot of true crime documentaries/series recently, along with plenty of horror and thrillers. One of these thrillers is the upcoming Netflix film Unlocked, which based on a Japanese novel by Akira Teshigawara.

Unlocked is a South Korean thriller that explores a worst case scenario of having your life hacked through your cell phone. Anyone who has had their identity stolen in real life can certainly sympathize with the plight of Na-mi (Chun Woo-hee), who loses her phone while on her way home from work one day.

Jun-Yeong (Yim Si-wan) finds the phone and returns it to her, which is nice, right? Not so fast, though; before giving the phone back, he installs spyware on it, thus enabling him to completely hack her personal life. Think about how much information a hacker could get from your own phone – they could track your location, learn all about your hobbies and personal tastes, infiltrate your financial information, and get to you and your friends through your social media accounts.

They could also contact you, pretending to be someone they aren’t. Maybe this would be to simply steal your identity, or maybe they could have more nefarious ideas in their head.

While Jun-yeong is learning everything he can about Na-mi, his father, Ji-man (Kim Hie-won), finds evidence that his son may have been present at a recent murder scene. He secretly begins to investigate Jun-yeong, fearful of what he may find.

Unlocked – Courtesy Netflix /

Meanwhile, Na-mi finds her absolutely normal world beginning to fall apart around her, all thanks to simply losing her phone for a brief period of time. Not only that, but her life may actually be in danger.

The Netflix trailer for Unlocked is pretty intriguing

If you aren’t convinced that a film with this description could be intense, take a look at the Netflix official trailer for Unlocked, it looks pretty chilling. Jun-yeong seems a wee bit sociopathic, sporting a creepy smirk. Then Na-mi asks him why he is doing this, his response is, “Because I found your phone.” Makes you want to keep a close eye on your own smart phone, doesn’t it?

Unlocked begins streaming on Netflix February 17.

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