BODY CAM (2020) Reviews and overview

 

‘Protect. Serve. Survive.’

Body Cam is a 2020 American horror feature film about a female cop who is the only one that can see strange footage of grisly supernatural deaths.

Directed by Malik Vitthal from a screenplay written by Nicholas McCarthy and Richmond Riedel, based on the latter’s story, the Ace Entertainment-Paramount Players stars Mary J. Blige, Nat Wolff, Anika Noni Rose and Theo Rossi.

Plot:

While investigating the bizarre murder of a fellow officer, veteran Renee Lomito (Mary J. Blige) discovers a mysterious figure in their body cam footage. Haunted by visions of the event, she suspects something supernatural is targeting the cops in her unit.

Now, in a race against time to find the one person she thinks can stop these killings, Renee uncovers a sinister secret among the police force surrounding the shooting and cover-up of an unarmed youth…

Release:

Body Cam will be released on Digital on May 19th 2020 by Paramount Pictures.

Reviews:

“When most of the narrative threatens to slip into enjoyable but ultimately forgettable fare, Vitthal unleashes devastation that hits the message home hard. Even when you see the gist of it coming, it’s the details that deliver unflinching depictions of unspeakable tragedy. Through Body Cam, Vitthal forces the viewer to be complicit, and to confront grim truth.” Bloody Disgusting

Body Cam is a successful horror movie, and anyone who’s looking for a graphic, chill-inducing thrill ride will get exactly what they want from the film. Those hoping for a more thoughtful meditation on police power and corruption, however, will be disappointed.” CBR.com

” …Body Cam would have worked better as a straight-up crime horror, instead of focusing on social commentary issues about corruption and racism, but for what it is, it’s a fairly intriguing and surprisingly gory supernatural cop mystery, driven by M.J. Blidge’s determined, yet hardly convincing protagonist.” CineMarvellous!

“Ghost FX look like they were made in a glitchy alpha of After Effects […] Predictability ends up not even being Body Cam’s biggest undoing. It’s the visible boredom infecting everything from acting to execution that flattens the film into an indistinctly uninteresting thriller.” Culture Crypt

“The film starts off slow and the scene in which Renee and Danny spend ten minutes searching Taneesha’s abandoned house is about seven minutes too long.  Luckily, the film does pick up in the last twenty minutes or so.  Vitthal also maintains a solid balance between jump scare, gore, and drama so the audience doesn’t feel they are missing anything within the horror genre…” Flick Direct

“Mary J. Blige, while a competent actor and incredible singer […]  just isn’t able to carry the dramatic weight the narrative is clearly going for. Nat Wolff’s Danny also has about as much personality as a cardboard box, obviously not helping matters. The idea is clever, the kills are joyously twisted, but everything in between bores and grinds Body Cam to a halt.” Flickering Myth

” …the film remained somewhat compelling to watch thanks to Renee and her sheer determination. Though the dialog may be questionable at best with some laughably bad lines and the film’s low budget often showed via the production design and the questionable special effects, the overall b-movie nature of it all was still sort of entertaining.” Keith Loves Movies

“It is moody, suspenseful, kind of strange and really gory… But I was surprised by how much I liked it and admired the ambition of it.” KPCC-NPR, Los Angeles

“Surprisingly, Blige’s acting is pretty solid […]The effects are also not bad at all. I’m always skeptical of thrillers/horror films but was really surprised here. While I wouldn’t say this is a very “scary” film it does present an eery feeling around the vindication of an unknown evil spirit.” Red Carpet Crash

” …like other recent horror films that leverage race, Body Cam intends to offer lessons about where we are as a society. The upside of that effort? Body Cam has a star and director who bring nuance to the work, injecting understated gravity into an entertaining, unsettling movie.” Variety

“My only real complaint is that Renee finds the starting point for her investigation way to easily. It’s a bit too coincidental. But apart from that Body Cam is an enjoyably blood-splattered bit of film making.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

Mary J. Blige … Renee
Nat Wolff … Danny
Anika Noni Rose
Theo Rossi
David Zayas
Demetrius Grosse … Gary
Sylvia Grace Crim … Pierce
Sue-Lynn Ansari … Paramedic
Ian Casselberry … Ganning
Lara Grice … Detective Susan Hayes
Jeff Pope
Jibrail Nantambu
Philip Fornah … Gabe Roberts
GiGi Erneta … Newscaster
Altonio Jackson … Aaron
Han Soto … Dr Lee
Renell Gibbs … Tre
Mike R. Moreau … Off Duty Cop
Lorrie Odom … Yolanda
Mason Mackie … DeMarco
Anil Bajaj … Store Clerk
Tia Nicholson … Stand in MJB
Michelle L. Clarke … Neighbour
Jacqueline Harris Matherne … Off Duty Cop
Mike Young … Bar Patron
Emonie Ellison … Monique
Shane David Waldron … Detective
Lexi Elizabeth Audler … Girl at Wake
Alfonzo Walker … Police Officer
Shane Waldron … Detective
Chad Governale … Police Officer
Paxton Joseph Audler … Officer’s Son at Wake

Technical details:

92 minutes

Trailer: