Cam (2018)

Director: Daniel Goldhaber

Writer: Isa Mazzei (Screenplay) Daniel Goldhaber, Isa Mazzei, Isabelle Link-Levy (Story)

Starring: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters, Devin Druid, Imani Hakim, Michael Dempsey

 

Plot: Alice, an ambitious camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Mystery

 

Story: Cam starts as camera girl Alice going by the name Lola (Brewer) is trying to improve her ranking among the cam girls by pulling off bigger stunts for her audience. Alice’s desire to get a hiring ranking is starting to consumer her and once her hits the top 50 her life takes a dramatic twist.

Somebody takes over Alice’s account while continuing top post videos in her name and the girl looks exactly like Alice. Alice wants to get back into her account getting nowhere in the process and soon her life starts falling apart showing how identity theft can ruin somebody’s life.

 

Thoughts on Cam

 

Characters – Alice is a cam girl who is trying to get her reputation online higher, she will try anything to get higher until her identity gets stolen, leaving her helpless to defend herself from the person who has stolen the identity and continues to us her in videos. Tinker is one of the highest tippers, he does help Alice with her own promotional up the ranks, even though he gets slightly too close to her. Lynne is the mother of Alice who is left disappointed by the fact her daughter has turned to this line of work, while Jordan is the younger brother is left a shamed once his friends learn what she has been up to.

PerformancesMadeline Brewer in he leading role fully commits to this role, we see how her consumption will drive her action in this film, grabbing our attention and making us want to know what will happen to her. With Madeline in every scene, it doesn’t give the rest of the cast that much to do other than to react to what Alice is doing.

StoryThe story does follow a camera girl who has her identity stolen and somebody is still using her on camera, leading to Alice to investigate and learn the truth to regain her identity. Now this does bring a new way to deal with stolen identity because the person hasn’t stolen anything material or using her money, they have just taken her position in the rankings for the girls. Away from this you could say there would be easy answers to getting help, but we didn’t and we don’t seem to get a proper answer to what happened, which is disappointing.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in this film comes from having your identity stolen, it shows how helpless a victim can be. The mystery revolves around just what is going on and by the end it feels like we are missing the true answer.

SettingsThe film creates everything to leave us in an everyday town, showing us how the person can be doing basic shopping and living the camera girl life in private.

Special EffectsThe effects are used simply which fit everything that happens through the film, with the final moments being a wonderful use of makeup.


Scene of the Movie –
Face to face.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Using suicide shows.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good horror mystery that has all the potential in the world only for it to come slightly short when it comes to giving answers.

 

Overall: Horror that does most of the things right.

Rating

 

 

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Black Mirror – Season 3 Episode 5 – Men Against Fire

men-against-fireDirector: Jakob Verbruggen

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Malachi Kirby, Madeline Brewer, Ariane Labed, Sarah Snook, Michael Kelly, Kola Bokinni

 

Plot: Future soldiers Stripe (Malachi Kirby) and Raiman (Madeline Brewer) must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants. Technologically, they have the edge – but will that help them survive?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun But Slow

 

Story: Men Against Fire starts as we meet new soldier Stripe (Kirby) who gets assigned on his first mission to find out whether a village was attacked by creatures known only as ‘roaches’. We see his unit led by Medina (Snook) go on the hunt for this roaches.

As the hunt continues we learn that the roaches are feral mutants that have been terrorising the local villages, but the question comes to how the disease is transmitted. After his first encounter with the roaches Stripe starts to have different reactions to everyday tasks that the military can’t find any issues with. With his ability to see the truth we get to see how Stripe has to try and convince the rest of what is going on in the world.

Men Against Fire is one of the most original twists on what starts off as a zombie concept but it soon turns into a fresh look at how to train soldiers to be the most efficient they can possibly be. This offers plenty of morale questions about how soldier are trained and what they are capable on the battle field if certain parts can be removed from their decision-making process but otherwise this is one of the weaker stories in the series so far.

 

Overall: The slowest of the series so far.

Rating55