Alice strictly maintains the daily hours that she becomes her webcamming alter ego Lola. She keeps her performance work tightly sandboxed from her personal life, as it must be. One day, Alice finds herself unable to log into her account. Someone is already on, using her profile.
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It may be a far cry from engaging with the worker politics that fuelled Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) and Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936), but Cam is a new entry a longstanding cinematic tradition of fascination with the impact of the apparatus.
Despite a strong premise and a terrific lead performance, the movie suffers visually from too many shots of screens within screens and scrolling, emoji-enhanced requests for live-streamed lewd behavior.
A surreal, postmodern mess of a film that succeeds - where a tighter script w/ fewer plot holes might not have - in letting the emphasis fall on the philosophical. The impermanence of identities, the market's co-opting of spontaneity, the apparent undermining of the human by tech... All while subtly subverting the biggest threat sexworkers (including Alice) face - stigma - by foregrounding the suspense. Not bad...
Pretty good mind-bender with a great performance by Brewer and solid direction from Goldhaber. What starts out fine and quite intriguing leads to nowehere in the end since the machinations behind the protagonist's ordeal is too poorly plotted. Shame...
The script is often the film's downfall, relying on tropes to move the plot forward, not digging deep enough into the supernatural event and very rarely offering the little moments that make good horror compelling. There were a lot of players that only came in when it was convenient, leaving a feeling they were underutilized. The Lynch-ian elements felt forced and confusing, instead of intellectually challenging.
Honestly, this is the most on edge I felt watching a film this year. A dark journey into the world of cam girls told Black Mirror style. One wishes that Mazzei’s script had kept things a bit more ambiguous to better underline the unsettling thematic ruminations on identity and the depersonalizing effect of technology and performance, but overall it’s a captivating, unsettling, well-executed effort.
Cam is a psychological thriller about identity theft. Starts well, reels you in but ends terribly. But still not so bad because this can happen to ANYONE in today's Information Age. Top message from the movie is be aware of that the Internet (mostly social media) seriously harms your mental health.
Cam's use of cyber-suspense is well-executed and effective throughout the first two acts. Maybe it's the subject matter, but there's something especially creepy about a cam girl getting her identity stolen. This suspense deflates largely by the end, teasing at some otherworldly explanation but failing to explore that. Lola_Lola's decision to start anew at the end feels like a PSA on vanity and doesn't connect well.