Amber Alert (2012)
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All things considered - micro-budget, unknown actors, no real special effects, the point of view of a single video camera - "Amber Alert" proves a resourceful little thriller.
If the sound of child being molested and moronic lead characters endlessly bickering is your thing, perhaps the feature won't feel like swallowing glass for 70 minutes.
We've seen ghosts and Blair witches and demons and zombies in this growing "found footage" genre. But Amber Alert brings a little something new to the form - the urgency of pursuit, risks with real-world consequences.
Audience Reviews for Amber Alert
A movie shot with a hand-held camera set around a couple of friends who are making an audition tape for a reality show. The audition gets sidetracked when they stumble upon an Amber Alert and the car described in the alert. These characters are incredibly phony and stupid. Several situations have no logic at all, and the ending is as you'd expect it to be based on that. Skip it.
While 75% of the movie is the two main characters bickering at each other, which becomes seriously grating at times, the realism and sense of genuine consequence in this movie is very well done. Also, I highly feel the main point of this movie is the struggle of morality we all have when it comes to going out of our way to help others, and it displays those themes well. The final act of the movie was also incredibly effective, with a disturbing situation and eerie realism that is unmatched by other found footage films.
I have watched many independent films and I generally enjoy them. However, this is, without a doubt, the worst movie I've ever seen. Why I sat there and watched the entire film is beyond me. I would have to compare it to seeing something so horrifying that you can't take your eyes off of it. The acting was awful. The plot itself could have made for an excellent film but they really dropped the ball here. It was completely unrealistic, it was repetitive and aggravating. Yes, I mean aggravating. I have never been so angry at a character in a movie before. I don't want to post any spoilers, but I will say this. the ending gave me a sense that justice was served!
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