Alone (2018)

Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald, Jonathan Rosenthal,
Alone is a movie starring Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, and Anthony Heald. A recently widowed traveler is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as...
  • 6.1 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Mattias Olsson, Writer:
  • John Hyams, Director:
  • Jordan Foley, Mike Macari, Henrik JP Åkesson, Producer:

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3 / 10

Predictable, rehashed, boring

This is another reboot/rehash/remake of all these 90's movies. It brings nothing new and you almost feel like watching on fast forward.

5 / 10

Fine but forgettable

ALONE is a finely made film: the paranoid cinematography, languorous editing, and immersive sound design coalesce into an experience that is palpably nerve-racking at times, and the performances, albeit not especially outstanding, are perfectly believable. This film should satisfy you, more or less, as a riveting thriller, but it's doubtful that it'll stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

The story is, well, very simple--a classic cat-and-mouse thriller pulled from Serial Killer Plotting 101. There's a freshness to how the main character behaves quite realistically within every situation. She never falls for what's obviously a trap like many cinematic idiots often do; there's a sense that she's always doing what we would probably have done in the same situation rather than simply what the screenwriter thinks would be interesting. While such believability is, unfortunately, rather rare in movies, there's also nothing very surprising about it. From beginning to end, everything is quite predictable.

Unfortunately, whatever the film succeeds at in terms of behavioral realism, it fails at in terms of making the situations unfold naturally. The woods of the Pacific Northwest are quite massive, but the number of serendipitous run-ins in this story makes it seem like they're a couple of acres at most. The plot depends upon the characters always being within about fifty yards from each other, which is rather frustrating by the end.

What was more frustrating for me, however, was how weak the characterization was. The film never succeeds at making the two characters anything other than superficial ciphers in a very cliched serial killer plot, however realistic their behaviors and the actors' performances might be. The screenplay hints at some possible thematic meanings that a very generous viewer could possibly mine--likening the abduction to grief; comparing the will to survive with suicidal depression; the hint that you never truly know what's going on in another person's mind, whether that's suicidal urges or serial killer urges--but in the end none of these interpretations really resonate.

In the end, there's nothing to really recommend this film--nothing that really stands out--despite it being perfectly competent.

8 / 10

Very good!!

Surprisingly good and well written! Make more movies like this please!! Very entertaining

8 / 10

Super good but geographically WRONG...

So, loved the film. Very intense and a really good portrayal of how I or anyone else would feel being stalked or kidnapped. The actors were amazing. HOWEVER! I live and work in Portland and... in the opening scenes of the film, its clear shes never spent a day there in her life. She starts in the Pearl (downtown), then shes heading towards the Pearl (DOWNTOWN) and suddenly shes on the St Johns Bridge, which again, really only would head BACK TO DOWNTOWN!!!!!! This girl is going in absolute circles, and for what? CINEMATOGRAPHY??? I beg to differ!........................Overall, very good film, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

6 / 10

Great performances, but terrible pacing

The directing by John Hyams was spot on, and the cinematography was excellent. Casting and performances were great, especially Jules Willcox. Even the score was fitting and not overbearing like most B-grade films

However, the normally 98 min runtime felt much longer with the very slow pacing and long/dragged out scenes. Considering there was little substance to the story, there was way too much filler, and pretty much zero character development of the two leads.

Much more could've been added to the story to have more suspense and intensity. Otherwise, this story has been told many times, and much better, and will be easily forgotten. As is, it should've been a short film.

This is newb writer Mattias Olsson's fourth writing credit - 2 prior shorts, and Gone, a full length feature Swedish film. Oddly, this film is almost an exact remake of the Gone, even using a Jeep in both films.

If it wasn't for this film's great performances, directing and cinematography, this would've been a flop, just like Gone. It's time Olsson expands his writing repertoire beyond Gone and this film. It's a generous 6/10 from me.