Jared (Jared Bratt) is a lonely man living a solitary existence. He’s got no friends, has never had a girlfriend, and moves through his life in repetitive actions as if he’s waiting for the moment he can finally stop. He begins frequenting an adult online chatroom where he becomes enamoured with one of the women (Tanya Lee). He soon realizes that she actually lives in the same building as he does, and he goes out of his way to strike up a friendship with her. While their relationship seems to be growing, Jared finds out that his new love has a boyfriend, and he’s not sure if there’s actually something between the two of them, or if this women is just stringing him along.
Directed by Jared Bratt and Vincent Pun, Streamer won’t necessarily satisfy viewers looking for a demented, disturbing, and horrific genre film. Streamer is purely psychological, showing its character’s slow descent into full on madness. This works both for and against the picture. While Bratt’s performance as the unstable lead is well done, it’s also nothing new. Many scenes are simply viewers watching Jared stare longingly into the distance while he stumbles through his life. It’s not exactly the most riveting film during these moments.
Once he finally meets with the unnamed woman who he’s had encounters with online, things start to pick up. Her intentions aren’t ever really clear, but Jared’s mental state makes things even more confusing. You’re never quite sure if what has happened between Jared and this woman are true, or if some of the events are things that have only happened in Jared’s mind.
The scenes with Lee and Bratt together are filled with uncomfortable moments, due mainly to the fact that Jared has never been with a woman before, so his actions are always awkward and tinged with a kind of subtle instability. Where the story is lacking in originality and surprises, it’s made up by the performances and chemistry of Lee and Bratt. Viewers may find themselves wishing things moved along a little more quickly, or that things turned out a little more horrific, but what’s here is still a great start.