DASHCAM (2021) Reviews of psychological thriller

 

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‘We’ve been lied to’

Dashcam is a 2021 American psychological thriller film about a young video editor who believes he may have uncovered a conspiracy.

Written and directed by Christian Nilsson, making his feature debut. Co-produced by Saraleah Cogan, Rob Hinderliter, Christian Nilsson, Alex Robbins and Eric Tabach.

The TXE-Hood River Entertainment co-production stars Larry Fessenden (Jakob’s Wife; We Are Still Here; You’re Next; Stake Land), Zachary Booth (The Good Fight), Scott Aiello (What We Found; Billions), Noa Fisher (Uncut Gems) and Giullian Yao Gioiello (Scream: The TV Series).

Plot:

Jake (Eric Tabach) is a timid video editor at a local news channel who fantasizes about becoming a reporter. While editing a piece on a routine traffic stop that resulted in the death of a police officer and a major political official (Larry Fessenden), Jake is inadvertently sent dashcam video evidence that tells a completely different story.

Working alone from his small apartment in New York City, Jake uses his skills as an editor to analyse the footage and piece together the truth behind what actually happened. Has Jake uncovered a conspiracy that he can break on the morning news? Or is he seeing things that aren’t really there?

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Blurb:

“Inspired by Antonioni’s Blow-Up, Brian De Palma’s Blow Out, and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, Dashcam is a stunning psychological thriller…”

Reviews:

“Citing Blow-Up, The Conversation and Klute, this is director Christian Nilsson’s feature film debut. It’s an interesting take on the story as Jake keeps going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. Your mileage may vary when it comes to the way the story is told, but I found this an intriguing journey.” B&S About Movies

“It takes a lot of craft to make a compelling single location thriller with essentially one character, but Dashcam expertly pulls it off while not overstaying its welcome. Some of the more technical aspects of the story may test an audience’s patience, but this is still a film worth checking out that hopefully doesn’t get overshadowed by the other 2021 Dashcam movie.” Cinedump

Dashcam is a smart and well-conceived film. You don’t need to know the ins and outs of Adobe Premiere to understand why people are so damned sold on the intersection between true crime, conspiracy theories, and an undying need to believe in something good and true. Dashcam delivers on many different fronts, but the star of the show, Jake, and his earnest stick-to-itiveness will have you invested in his techno-plight to the end.” The Scariest Things

“Some of the dialogue is good, likewise some of the ideas and situations Dashcam brings up are interesting, but they don’t really work when all we get are people talking about them. I’m not asking for 3 Days of the Condor style conspiracy/action hybrid, there obviously wasn’t the budget for it, but a film like this needs actual conflict, not endless talk, to succeed.” Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Dashcam will be released by Kamikaze Dogfight and Gravitas Ventures on Digital HD on October 19, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Larry Fessenden … Lieberman
Zachary Booth … Tim
Giullian Yao Gioiello … Gareth
Eric Tabach … Jake
Noa Fisher … Rachel
Scott Aiello … Woods
Jacob A. Ware … Dispatch
Rich Vience … Meyers

Notes:

Not to be confused with Rob Savage’s Dashcam (2021).

Trailer:

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