Dir. CJ Wallis
Reviewer. Martyn Wakefield
From the outset, BB is not your average blockbuster. Despite a pulsing soundtrack and a visual flair to rival Hollywood, the films content is wrapped around your face and does not let go.
When Leah Lamont (Jennifer Mae) discovers the money that can be earnt by being a cam girl she realises the life she wanted could be the one she has. Jumping into a strange world, she takes to the income and custom really well until on of her viewers (played by Kristian Hanson) realises that the woman behind the screen might not be the one he wishes.
Holstered between PEEPING TOM and MANIAC, BB is a tense thriller that is as chilling as it is beautiful. Self funded by director CJ Wallis, this is a passion project that shows how great vision and a lust for attention can put up a fight against the mighty mainstream. Whether the focus is on passionate and quite graphic love making or the visible emotional breakdown of a woman in love, BB is a master to its own success.
Mae shines as the lead who bares all and while at times it's uncomfortable to watch, unleashes a talent that is raw yet relatable. Her sheer terror as she's stalked by the illusive viewer is as real as it gets yet her love for her girlfriend becomes a heartbreaking mess that many A list actors would struggle to share.
Where the genre denotes its villain with a one-dimensional "set-to-kill" motive, at least in the first movie, here the terror comes from someone that breeds terror in a psychological manner that becomes a real threat not just to Mae's cam girl, but to society. His presence on screen shares a resemblance with a mental instability that is seen on front page news so frequently that the events in BB could well be based on real life. Credit goes to Wallis who has cast two central roles to fairly unknown stars that works well not only in the films favour, but the future careers of both Mae and Hanson.
There is no denying that BB is a film of graphic nature that shows a semi-pornographic take on its subject, which is why it is shocking that the threat, as nerve shredding as it is, once delivered feels underwhelming. Throughout the film, Hanson's presence is intimidating and he owns each moment he is on screen, once the ineviatable closure of the film occurs, the events unfold fairly redundant of any shock, gore or terror that the film seems to promise. Despite this, BB, still holds its own as a gem in the genre and holds its own with talented performances, beautiful cinematography and as much talent behind the camera than that shown in front.
BB is a nasty film yet one with heart, the gritty sense of realism is what gets under the skin and makes this film a must watch for those who like their films with edge-of-your-seat tension.