Movie Review: Body Cam (2020)

Synopsis: After serving a suspension for punching a civilian, Louisiana police officer Renee Lomito-Smith returns to work with a new partner. On her first night back, her former partner is killed while on patrol and the dash cam footage, which disappears shortly after she watches it, shows something supernatural. In need of answers, Renee decides to investigate the incident on her own.

Who's in it? The movie stars Mary J. Blige, Nat Wolff, David Zayas, Anika Noni Rose and David Warshofsky.

Review: I came across this movie a couple days ago and thought it looked interesting so, when my wife and I had time to watch a movie yesterday evening, I put it on. Unfortunately, it turned out not to be very memorable.

While the overall concept wasn't a bad one, the execution was, at best, lacking. In fact, for a supernatural thriller, this film was actually pretty darn boring.

There are a couple things that really hurt this movie. One of the main ones is it was the movie was extremely predictable. It wasn't too difficult to figure out who was behind the murders and why and, once that happened, I had a hard time staying interested.

The movie also makes the same mistake as other films in this genre, making the supernatural entity a victim. It's kind of hard to remain on the edge of your seat when you realize the advertised bad guy isn't really a bad guy at all and the protagonist isn't in any real danger as a result.

And, of course, there was the ending. I'll try not to give too many spoilers but let's just say there were a lot of bodies and the film ended without the protagonist having to give anyone an explanation about what happened (and I find it hard to believe anyone would have believed her if she did). That's honestly a huge pet peeve of mine when it comes to films like this.

I also found it amusing Renee (Blige) was able to investigate so thoroughly without any of her superiors questioning it. It would have been one thing if she was doing this during her time off but, instead, she was investigating while on duty and nobody wondered where she was? No wonder that police department had so many issues.

Final Opinion: Again, I thought the premise was OK but the movie fails to be anywhere near as good as I was hoping it to be.

My Grade: C


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