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Dashcam (2021) – Movie Review

Dashcam 2021

Dashcam (2021)

Two friends go down the path of horror and live-stream their scariest night ever for the world to see.

Director

Rob Savage

Writers

Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd

Stars

Annie Hardy, Amar Chadha-Patel, Angela Enahoro, Seylan Baxter, James Swanton

Trailer

Dashcam – Movie Review

DASHCAM is a horror film following two friends on a road trip as they live-stream their upcoming worst night of their lives.

Dashcam review

In 2020, Rob Savage became an internet sensation with his out-of-nowhere shared screen horror film Host, which was produced, shot, and released in just 12 weeks near the beginning of the epidemic.

Savage signed a contract with Blumhouse shortly after his debut, which has given him greater creative freedom for his second film; an adrenaline-fueled horror adventure that lasts just 77 minutes.

Annie (played by musician Annie Hardy) is a profoundly obnoxious live streaming star who spends her free time filming her “Band Car” channel, where she drives around free-form rapping songs from material suggested by her audience. In the middle of the epidemic, bored Annie breaks quarantine and flies from Los Angeles to London to visit with her old bandmate Stretch (Amar Chadha-Patel).

In this dark comedy, a night of casual live streaming goes horribly wrong for Annie and Stretch, leaving them fighting for their lives in rural England after coming into contact with sick woman Angela (Angela Enahoro).

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DASHCAM, on the other hand, is a decent scaling-up of Zoom’s audacious yet measured concept. By moving the action from Zoom to an untethered live stream, Savage opens up his narrative; in addition to the wider physical scope of Annie’s terrible journey, the presence of livestreamer comments scrolling down the left side of the screen grounds this increasingly far-fetched tale.

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The film’s title was inspired by a popular online meme, which is also the name of a YouTube channel that provided live streaming video of fans reacting to the leaked trailer. According to reports, many 5,000 user comments were generated for the movie, many of which are hilarious — especially those that slyly comment on found-footage conventions. Others are simply extremely offensive as written by Annie’s equally trolling followers, but there’s always the feeling that Savage is in on the joke with us; depicting internet comment sections with less horrendous bile would be outright dishonest.

Having the tale revolve around a live streamer also solves the problem of “why don’t they just put down the camera?” with Annie, who appears to be someone who enjoys being seen and promoting herself. Maybe attention-seeking is a better term?

The aesthetic of The Purge: Election Year is clearly intended to be similar to the original, with shaky and muddy footage continuing the tenaciously furious race from one chaotic scene to the next. For real, the disorientation appears to be the intention in many cases, utilizing plausible concealment to hide clever edits and well-integrated visual effects. This style won’t appeal to everyone, but it does help convey a sense of realism.

Without going into too much detail, DASHCAM isn’t a full-fledged horror for the most part of its runtime, but rather a savage black comedy. Savage trades spookiness for gonzo splatter, raising the gore quotient in an increasingly more eerily unpredictable film that revels in gross-out moments when bodily fluids of all kinds flood the screen.

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The film’s star, Hardy, is a unique protagonist for a movie of this sort, and while it does have some interesting location work, ambitious set-pieces, and several inspired setups that pay off in both terrible and amusing ways, the main draw might be her.

Despite the obvious difficulties in gaining an audience’s attention when a character is overly furious, Hardy still makes for a form of art that isn’t bad to end up as amusing as they’re annoyed. It’s conceivable that her character won’t be able to complete the film any longer, and even if you don’t want to support Annie all the way to the finish line, Hardy’s ability is unassailable.

DASHCAM is a bonkers splatter-filled rollercoaster ride that once again demonstrates what can be accomplished on a low budget with enough imagination. That Savage was able to create two high-quality films in just 18 months is remarkable, and it would astonish no one if he were already planning the next installment of the trilogy.

3/5 - Movie Rating!

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