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This crafty exercise in improv centres on some camjackers who use their Dvs against the hordes of middle-class Americans that have a woody with pointing-and-clicking. These camjackers – Wilde plays one of them – basically take control of the situation and use the lens as the weapon.


Pheonix Orion, Olinda Fonseca, Shante Reese, Olivia Wilde

With the toasted-sandwich hot Olivia Wilde – she’s the girl that played the pretty bisexual bartender on “The OC” before moving onto greener pastures; something we’ve not seen a lot of from the cast of that series – in its cast, Julian Dahl’s low-budget feature “Camjackers” is likely to not only garner an audience, but Miss Wilde won’t need to issue an injunction via her lawyer to have her name removed the product (it happens so often; the early releases of big stars – Leonardo DiCaprio was one – come out of the woodwork, and as a result, the embarrassed talent try and have the title obliterated from every Blockbuster in the country) either. Considering it’s the trend to do just that – Cry Wolf to being involved in more lower-budgeted/before-they-were-famous outings – that’s saying something.

There’s a reason why Wilde’s going to be keeping this title in bold on her CV though – mainly, because it’s good. Maybe the best thing she’s done. She may have gone on to feature in the likes of studio fodder like “Turistas”, but with “Camjackers”, Dahl actually gives the actress a chance to ‘act’ – something she probably won’t get a lot to do of in future films if she continues on that ‘teen thriller’ climb to credibility. Not that she’s the star of the film by any means… in fact, it’s Dahl himself who should take the bow.

This crafty exercise in improv centres on some camjackers who use their Dvs against the hordes of middle-class Americans that have a woody with pointing-and-clicking. These camjackers basically take control of the situation and use the lens as the weapon.

The film entails some great social commentary and nails the ‘indy filmmaker’ craze smack-bang on the noggin; at the same time, it’s just a straight-up enjoyable movie – something that’s had a nice healthy dose on imagination pumped into it prior to rolling. Dahl (and writer Linnea Dahl) are definitely ones to watch.

Some may be put off by the filmmakers experimental approach here – its set in real-time; as the camjackers edit their tapes – but those with a penchant for not only the ‘something different’ but the ‘appreciably creative’ will be taken care of in spades.

Give it a whirl.

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Reviewer : Clint Morris

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About Caffeinated Clint

The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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