There is a parallel world on the internet that Cam was able to unravel. Many teens and adults are aware of what we are talking about: the websites where men and women striptease in exchange for a few small changes. And as we all know, “few small changes”, when you have a huge audience, can become good money (watch here).
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The movie is quite inventive in using this background to set a suspense story, even a little supernatural. In addition, it shows how are the lives of these people who show off for money – and without leaving the house.
Here we follow the life of Alice, a beautiful girl who uses her bedroom as a studio for her live broadcasts on a webcam platform. It is from these exhibitions that she earns her money: hundreds of people pay an amount to see her half-naked, dancing and somehow fanning the desire’s flames of those who watch. However, while she’s in front of her camera, she’s untouchable, and can do whatever she wants without being bothered. One day, her account on this platform is stolen, and a doppelgänger comes into her place, surpassing all the limits of conduct she had set for herself. So, we go along with Alice in the investigation to find out what’s going on.
Cam shows this other reality where many people fulfill their sexual desires, while others make a lot of money from these attitudes. The “enchanted world” of webcams is not new, on the contrary: it has been there since chat rooms were still the main means of communication over the internet. The film skillfully uses that, showing the backstage of a person who uses this exposure to profit. There are specialized websites in this, and there is a whole preparation to get the maximum number of subscribers willing to pay such “tips”.
Alice’s drama, however, injects suspense and drama into this story. She, who is a successful girl in this business, can’t get to the top of the main subscribers of the platform she uses for her broadcasts, and that frustrates her. Right when she’s getting there, her followers are stolen, and some sort of clone comes in. Alice always set limits to her shows, avoiding being explicit – just the opposite of what the person in her place does. And the worst: the look-alike is willing to destroy the life of the original Alice, revealing her secret to her family.
The bet on this suspense works and, despite having being an hour and a half long, Cam can entertain and capture our attention. Much of this is in the strength of Madeline Brewer’s performance. The actress, one of the highlights of the acclaimed “The Handmaid’s Tale”, is superb as Alice, who is a normal girl during the day but who becomes a provocative woman when she is in front of her camera.
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The film, which is directed by Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei, excels in its photography, using colors that bring sensuality into the air – and that bother at the same time. Cam is well structured to keep the mystery to the end, and even though many people may say that the ending is disappointing, it still stands as a good sample of a psychological thriller, a genre that is quite lacking in the current cinematographic options.
Finally, Cam is a great film, because it brings a sensual and provocative side, while delivering a compelling and intriguing mystery to the viewer. Few movies nowadays can accomplish this feat, and if there were no other qualities, that would be enough to watch it.
Additional information about Cam Netflix
Synopsis: After a look-alike takes over her account, a cam girl with a growing fan base sets out to identify the mysterious culprit and reclaim her own identity.
Age rating: 16;