Cam2Cam is yet another movie which had potential but it’s squandered with a half-baked screenplay and poor pacing from an ineffectual director in spite of the exotic Bangkok locale. The DVD released by MPI Media Group has subpar video and (at best) average audio.
Genre(s): Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
MPI Media Group | NR – 91 min. – $24.98 | December 16, 2014
THE MOVIE – 2.0/5
Plot Outline (contains spoilers): Cam2Cam, based on a short film released in 2008 (or I guess perhaps an extension of that story), opens in typical horror fashion with a young woman named Lucy (JADE TAILOR) living in Bangkok who is chatting with another woman on a site called “Cam2Cam”… or so she thought. After some teasing and aggravating instant messaging typography with every word being unnecessarily shortened, she does a short striptease in response to the other woman only to realize that it would be impossible for this woman to strip and type at the same time; why it took that long to make that discovery is beyond me. After she tries to stop the chat, the suspense is ratcheted up a notch when she opens the door to a new neighbor, who had visited before, only to discover he was the guy on the other end and thus puts into motion his sick plan to film her and then brutally hatchet her to death (off screen, thankfully).
Fast forward three weeks and we meet another beautiful woman in the form of Allie (TAMMIN SURSOK who plays Jenna on “Pretty Little Liars”) who is freshly arrived on a world adventure and is set to rent the very apartment Lucy was killed in and whose blood streaks can still be seen splattered on the walls. At this rundown complex, or upscale by Bangkok standards I guess, Allie meets charismatic slime-ball Michael (BEN WIGGINS) and sexpot Marit (SARAH BONREPEAUX) who shows her the lay of the land including introducing the sleazy landlord. Together they go out on the town, drinking and just showing off the bright lights and Taiwanese culture.
But there’s something going on not just with Michael and Marit but with Allie. We discover, about halfway through so not a huge twist that she is in fact Lucy’s sister and has come to Bangkok not for the sights and sounds but to retrieve her sister’s head which was chopped up and still missing. But with the killer dead, committing suicide before the police could nab him, the clues have dwindled. However, she begins down the dark path that is the Cam2Cam XXX site and there seems to be more going on…
Quick Hit Review: With a promising premise to open the film, Cam2Cam quickly wears out its welcome stretching what was a short story into 90-minutes of drawn out scenes that go nowhere and characters, save for Bonrepeaux as Marit, were completely forgettable or poorly acted, though I did like Sursok in the lead role doing her best with little to work with.
The film was written and directed by Joel Soisson whose career accomplishments include a few dreadful flicks such as The Prophecy: Uprising, The Prophesy: Forsaken, Pulse 2 and Pulse 3: Afterlife and having seen all four over the years, they truly are awful. Oh, and he also wrote a few gems like Mimic 2, Hollow Man II and Piranha 3DD.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5
Not much here except for an Audio Commentary with Soisson and a Trailer (1:55).
VIDEO – 2.5/5 | AUDIO – 3.0/5
Cam2Cam is shown with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and when we get the night shots of Bangkok, the picture comes to life versus some other night, and a few day scenes, they show some heavy artifacting and pixilation, even more so than other standard def releases.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track meanwhile is a bit weak both with the dialogue and other elements such as the score or the more violent scenes. Not sure if it was due to the lower budget or what, but it’s at best an average sounding lossy track.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, Cam2Cam is yet another movie which had potential but it’s squandered with a half-baked screenplay and poor pacing from an ineffectual director in spite of the exotic Bangkok locale. The DVD released by MPI Media Group has subpar video and (at best) average audio.