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I Came By (2022) – Movie Review

A thriller that will keep you pinned to the screen

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I Came By is a thriller directed by Babak Anvari, starring George MacKay.

A gripping thriller, with Hitchcokian tints that will captivate you with a good story, and a classic narrative style. This movie is a good option for mystery fans.

Premise

A couple of graffiti ‘writers’ break into the homes of their wealthy targets to make a spray-painted statement. As the duo dissolves, Toby chooses to continue with the graffiti mission, his next target being the home of a judge. What he discovers in the judge’s house will be so disturbing he will no be able to put it aside, and he decides to do something about it, getting him into a very difficult situation.

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Review

Let me tell you about a McGuffin, and what it is (it is a Hitchcock thing). McGuffin is that certain something that you cannot see but makes the narrative of the film work, it is always there and grabs the spectator’s attention. It is the unspoken that matters, and success or failure depend on this aspect. It is an intangible element, the unknown, the echo in deep dark forest…. That, and so much more can be a McGuffin.  

Indeed, it is a mystery within a mystery, but if you research further (we have been a bit vague, true) there are movies in which McGuffin works and manages to build-up a good thriller, while in others it does not.

I Came By has a very Hitchcockian feel, of course, it is British, portrays characters from various social strata, and it has a McGuffin (in the basement, should you want a hint) that works wonders (well, maybe that is saying too much, it works well).

It is an entertaining movie that is manages very well how to construct the narrative in a thriller, and the director, Babak Avari, knows what he is doing, as he knows his movies, and makes quite a few references to throughout the feature. One being a quasi-homage to A Clockwork Orange (1971) at the very start of the movie.

Now, if you seek authenticity and loyalty to reality, this is not the story that will give you that. What I Came By does give, is a very entertaining thriller, which is well narrated and tells the story (with a subtext on the social inequality) presenting us with a fascinatingly evil character (no, it is not Toby, as one would have suspected at the beginning with the ‘A Clockwork Orange scene’), and a plot that is well thought out, always spinning round the axis of the premise of a thriller.

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It is dark, original, and has sufficient premises to draw in a very wide audience, and become a classic success on the streaming platform. Technically, it is even and balanced, without grand effects, its tempo is steady, and classic camerawork and photography that allows the performances to stand out. All in all, it is a good production.

Where to Watch I Came By

Netflix

Cast

George MacKay / Toby

Percelle Ascott

Kelly Macdonald

Hugh Bonneville / Judge

Varada Sethu

Antonio Aakeel

Lee Byford / Detective

Paddy Wallace / C.I.D Officer Jeff

Micky McGregor / PC Carlo Rubio

Amerjit Deu / Naz Father

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Movie title: I Came By

Movie description: A couple of graffiti 'writers' break into the homes of their wealthy targets to make a spray-painted statement. As the duo dissolves, Toby chooses to continue with the graffiti mission, his next target being the home of a judge. What he discovers in the judge's house will be so disturbing he will no be able to put it aside, and he decides to do something about it, getting him into a very difficult situation.

Date published: August 30, 2022

Duration: 110 mins

Director(s): Babak Anvari

Actor(s): George MacKay, Percelle Ascott, Kelly MacDonald, Hugh Bonneville, Varada Sethu, Lee Byford, Antonio Aakeel, Michelle Thomas

Genre: Thriller

Our Opinion

Now, if you seek authenticity and loyalty to reality, this is not the story that will give you that. What I Came By does give, is a very entertaining thriller, which is well narrated and tells the story (with a subtext on the social inequality) presenting us with a fascinatingly evil character (no, it is not Toby, as one would have suspected at the beginning with the ‘A Clockwork Orange scene’), and a plot that is well thought out, always spinning round the axis of the premise of a thriller.

Overall
6.7/10
6.7/10

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