Carrie Kevin makes her way to Hollywood in order to stay with her cousin, who is a model, while she tries to find herself. As a side job, Carrie takes up provide gossip for a tabloid but she's soon handed an interesting project: Uncover the truth behind the abduction of starlet Jordan Rivers and prove that she is a fraud. The case leads Carrie into the dark underbelly of the entertainment business and finds out that there is more to this case then she ever could have imagined.
Is it me or does it seem like people forget that characters can make or break a movie? "iCrime" is a digital thriller that aims to look at all the dirty-pretty things of Hollywood and what it takes to make a viral video all in the name of internet fame. The story does that, I think, but the problem is that the movie is about shallow Hollywood-wannabe types and it's hard to care about shallow self-serving people.
Well, hold on a minute. Basically, the movie is meant to point the finger at Hollywood and show how people who are involved in that machine will do whatever it takes to achieve fame. Even if that means murder or selling out your family. So wouldn't filling the movie with shallow Hollywood-wannabes be the more realistic approach to make the movie more believable and sell the "subtext" better?
Yes, but the problem is that even the protagonist in the movie is unlikeable. The character Carrie runs around the movie being snotty and acting superior to everyone else in the movie, even her own family members. Yet, even with her "sympathetic" back-story and attempts at trying to help some people around here - you can't stand her. At least I couldn't. I couldn't stand any of the characters. I was hoping by the end of the movie it would become the great Hollywood massacre, but no. Instead more and more shitty characters kept popping up towards the end. Like pouring salt in the wound.
In general, the concept and writing behind "iCrime" was good. Some of it seeming extremely far fetched at times, especially when the reveal comes around and explains how Carrie became involved in this "game". It loses all credibility because, for everything to work like it did in the movie, then that would mean that it all had to work exactly as planned. Which means characters would have to be able to predict the future and everyone would have to follow a path that they couldn't possible detour from for any reason. Such as having Carrie actually go to a specific bar to find a dead body and then leaving to go get help. What would have happened had she stayed there and simply called the police? Everything would have been fucked, that's what. Then again, it's a movie and therefor doesn't have to operate in the realm of reality but when you have to have a suspension of disbelief for the plot to work and make sense, the story of a murder-mystery-thriller loses steam.
I feel like I've been repeating this phrase more often than I should, but again, I didn't like "iCrime" but it was made well enough for what it was. It was an ambitious story for a low-budget indie project and I think they were able to pull it off well enough. And by that I mean it wasn't unwatchable and it didn't feel or look like a backyard project. I did not like "iCrime" simply because I found all of the characters unlikeable (a majority of them you're not suppose to like), especially Carrie, so I didn't care about what was going on or what was happening to who. Had this been a mid-90's late night cable-TV thriller featuring Shannon Tweed, I'm sure I would have been all over it. But that's just me.