Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Movie review: Caught on Camera

In Great Britain there is a prolific number of CCTV cameras constantly being monitored by police and private individuals for trouble. Follow along as host Nick Wallis shows us how the cameras are used and some of the disturbing incidents caught on film.

Host: Nick Wallis

There are a ridiculous number of CCTV cameras in use in Great Britain by both police and private individuals. Caught on Camera takes a look at how police are using CCTV to not only solve crimes, but to help people by being proactive in many situations. While it is interesting to see how CCTV is being used, which is impressive in some cases, the series starts to feel repetitive after the first couple of seasons. Drunk people and brawlers get a bit tedious after the first couple of seasons.
Something for Americans to remember while watching is that Great Britain does not use the U.S. legal system. The laws, and how they are enforced, is not the same so while some actions may seem to violate individual rights they in fact may be well within the law in Great Britain.

Camera work here is focused on CCTV footage which in many cases is surprisingly good. The series also uses some body camera footage, and film from a police helicopter. Natural scenery is the only background used in the series, and there are no sets. Action and violence is not scripted but is instead real CCTV footage. Dialogue is fairly well done for a documentary. Sound is decent.

Caught on Camera appeals for a couple of reasons. First the series is a reality show, displaying how people act when they think nobody is watching. Second, the series paints a graphic picture of how privacy is being discarded in favor of security. Those with an interest in either subject may enjoy this one, though as mentioned the series does become somewhat repetitive after the second season.

With some graphic violence, this should actually be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 9.4.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: TV Shows, British TV, Crime TV, Reality TV, Documentary

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