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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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

logoDirector: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Writer: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber (Screenplay)

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Logan Lerman, Cameron Bright

 

Plot: A young man blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Sci-Fi

 

Story: The Butterfly Effect starts by introducing us to our protagonist Evan (Kutcher) as he desperately hiding while leaving a note explains how he needs to go back and save a girl.  We are taken back to Evan’s childhood at school and we see how Evan has been having blackouts while drawing disturbing pictures. The blackouts continue to haunt Evan leaving him with blanks in his memory, usually over a traumatic moment in their lives. As he goes through his teenage years he suffers from more traumatic moments that lead too blackouts before he gets taken away from the friends that end up putting him through the moments.

Grown up to the college student age now Evan continues to try and mange his memories by studying how to memories can be reassembled. Seven years without a blackout and he reads an old journal he had been keeping since the blackouts started gives him the ability to go back and see what happened in the blackouts. Evan starts to study all of the moments he lost and starts to relive the moments again before he starts to try and change things. The effects could change everything that has ever happened in his life but can he go back and change things for the best or will only cause bad things.

The Butterfly Effect is one of these stories that really stands the test of time because it looks at the idea of time travel without having to use technology. It doesn’t get confusing because we see the cause and effect of every decision he tries to change. My questions would be how bad are these parents? Really do they not know that the dad did that to his children. What sort of kids grab dynamite and put it in a letterbox? I know these help make the story but in the end if the parents were normal these kids could have just been friends and had a good life together. The talking point for this film would the endings we have a couple of different endings that all make the story go in very different directions make sure you do see them all. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ashton Kutcher: Evan young man who has suffered from blackouts through his childhood, but now as a student he starts to pieces things together which changes his past and future every time he tries to fix things. This could be Ashton’s best film performance of his career. (9/10)

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Amy Smart: Kayleigh the girl that Evan grew up with and experienced the traumatic moments with each time he tries to change things we see her in different parts of the life that Evan has changed. Amy gives a good performance in all the different outcomes she has to go through. (7/10)

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Support Cast: The Butterfly Effect has a large supporting cast that all turn up in the different outcomes that Evan creates, all the actors do a great job in these roles because they have to perform different roles each time.

 

Director Review: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber – Both work together to create a very good thriller that really asks questions but most importantly has a realistic idea of the ending. (8/10)

 

Sci-Fi: The Butterfly Effect enters the sci-fi world without getting carried away because it focuses on one idea without getting carried away with it. (9/10)

Thriller: The Butterfly Effect keeps you guessing to what will change next through the whole film. (9/10)

Settings: The Butterfly Effect has plenty of different settings each show the cause and effect of Evan’s actions. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Butterfly Effect is one to watch I feel it offers enough to keep everyone happy because it is an easy to watch time travel film. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The simple side to time travel.

Worst Part: The parenting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It has sequels

Post Credits Scene: Shows different endings.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $96 Million

Budget: $13 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

Tagline: Change one thing, Change everything

 

Overall: Enjoyable Look at Cause and Effect

Rating 80