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iCrime (2011)



Although iCrime seems to be promoted as some kind of low budget, erotic, late-night cable TV movie, it's actually nothing like that...despite the trailer.  Most of the movies that I review look like they were shot on home video cameras by people with no professional experience and no money.  There are usually problems with the audio, bad acting, bad editing and poor film quality.  The main things these movies usually have to offer are gratuitous gore, naked chicks and weird plots that you'd never see in a major Hollywood movie.  There's nothing wrong with that.  That's the kind of movie that I set out to review.  It just leaves me with certain expectations when I pop in a DVD.  I was really very surprised when I started watching iCrime because it's not one of those movies at all.  I'm not sure how I ended up on the list for a screener of iCrime, but I'm glad that I did!

iCrime is a low-budget movie, but it's not a no-budget movie.  It's actually higher quality than a lot of the movies that I've seen on cable.  The film quality is good and so is the audio, lighting and editing.  The lead actress, Sara ER Fletcher, is actually a really good actress and most of the rest of the cast is pretty good too.  In fact, I think everyone does at least an okay  job when it comes to the acting - which is more than I can say for a lot of movies that had much bigger budgets than this one.  I enjoyed watching the movie and didn't keep looking at my watch to see how much longer before it ended.  That's always a good sign!

When it comes to the story there are several twists, so I'm not going to give too much away.  The basic premise is that small town girl, Carrie (Sara ER Fletcher) has just come to Hollywood to try to prevent a sex tape of her pin-up-girl cousin from going public and ruining her carrier as a model.  Carrie is kind of juggling two different guys, but doesn't really commit to a relationship with either one.  Meanwhile, she finds herself in the middle of a Scooby-Doo style mystery involving a possibly kidnapped, famous video blogger chick.  Things are not what they seem...or maybe they are...or maybe they aren't...or maybe they are after all...but maybe not!  The movie also has a running theme about how shallow the elitist Hollywood scene can be, which may be another reason that I liked the movie.

I'm not exactly sure who the target audience is for iCrime.  As I mentioned before, it's really promoted as more of a late night sex movie.  They even talk about "a cast of gorgeous femme fatales" and describe the movie as "a seductive digital thriller in which sex, lies and murder intertwine..."  However, after watching the movie, it seems like misdirection to talk about the actresses in terms of their looks.  Don't get me wrong, there are some very attractive women in this movie, but at the very least, Fletcher is portraying a very strong, intelligent woman who has a lot more to offer than most two dimensional characters from an erotic thriller.  iCrime just doesn't really give off that sexy vibe that so many movies seem to try to have.  If you're looking for skin and gore, look elsewhere.  If you're looking for a pretty interesting and well filmed thriller, iCrime is definitely worth checking out.

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Gore-o-meter rating: 0.5 out of 5
(there is one scene with a little blood, but this isn't a gory film)

Skin-o-meter: 0.5 out of 5 (no nudity, but fortunately Fletcher at least ends up in her panties a lot)