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While Alone has a good premise, it takes the wrong turn by offering us, humiliating actors/actresses, a lazy story, apathetic "suspenseful" scenes and a love story that is nothing more than a mere fairytale.
It's a sad day when the venerable Mr.Sutherland is associated with the likes of this tripe. Posey ( tat man) couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag. It's appallingly bad.
At first I thought it was gonna be a very cheesy zombie flick. But it actually end up being really good and worth the watch.
This is a good movie, not a "great" movie by any stretch. Still, it's a fair amount better than most zombie flicks, even though that may not be saying all that much. The zombie genre is deader than the rotting corpses that drag themselves along in these movies that come at us at breakneck speed. And Hollywood is not unlike those corpses that smell the blood and go after every single penny they can pull out of the hands of those who aren't sick to their back teeth of a genre that's been done so much that there isn't much meat left on the walking dead they're pulling the flesh from.
All that said, this isn't really a zombie movie and that's part of what makes it work. Zombies play a collective role but it's much more about the human condition and survival than it is about the undead.
But here's the thing: In order for a movie like this to work, it literally hinges on two fulcrums...plausibility and acting chops.
That's it. Without either or both you've got no movie, no nothing.
This delivers on the acting end of things. No idea who the actor is but as much of a stereotypical Cali bro vibe he gives off, he can act. As far as plausibility goes, it did ok but it tipped its hands a few times. Number one: The voicemail he received when he finally got a call from his parents was ridiculous. To all aspiring screenwriters, that ONE scene blew plausibility out of the water and almost ruined the viewer's ability to suspend disbelief.
(Spoiler alert for the next paragraph)
So after weeks of not being able to get a call in or out he finally gets one and it just happens to be one where he can listen to his parents dying? Please.
Who wrote that? A 14-year-old kid?
That's how fragile the writing is in a movie starring one person alone in a single room. Movies like this are incredibly hard to pull off and all it takes is a mistake like the voicemail scene for most viewers to roll their eyes and just give up on it.
It does recover (even though it stumbles a few more times along the way).
The guy was alone in his apartment (with all the luxury items you could want most of that time period) for a month and he looked like he had been on a deserted island for a year. Like suddenly he forgot how to shower and use a razor even though they had running water that first month. And so on, and so on.
It's novice mistakes like that which bring the viewer out of the moment and remind them this is just another Hollywood vehicle for profit and not a script that has something to say.
As for the love story part...generic and sappy but it worked for what it was. The scene with Sutherland was a waste...added nothing to the plot, kind of another diversion. And obviously Sutherland is a master of his craft, his appearance in the film just seemed forced like he owed someone a favor and agreed to be in it to give the film a little name recognition.
The ending set up the potential for a sequel and if it's made, I'll see it. So good enough to encourage seeing a sequel in my eyes but with a few tweaks this could have been more powerful and plausible.
And yes, I know zombies push the boundaries of plausibility but we're talking about how humans try to survive and how realistic responses are in a situation where they are trying to gather food and water, the quest for companionship and how isolation affects human behavior.
This could have been a solid deep dive into that angle of the apocalypse but it missed the opportunity. Maybe Hollywood is incapable at this point of creating a movie that's more than just fake blood, special effects and action shots but at least this one built up a modicum of suspense and tension. And it did both very well.
Go see it. Don't think of it as another tired, hackneyed zombie movie; think of it as another tired attempt at survival/human nature. You'll be way less disappointed that way.
Alone (2020) is not a perfect movie by any means, being pretty much the same script as #Alive with some minor differences (with a major difference being the ending) falls into the pit of being compared to the Korean film. Alone's Screamers are some of the most terrifying Zombie concepts I've seen in recent years due to the consciousness of their actions. It's sad to think that because of #Alive that this movie is seen as worse in comparison. Honestly, It is one of the better horror movies to come out in a while, and it's a movie I would highly recommend.
It's a great movie to watch.Underrated to say the least.
2.5 out of 5 stars. Alone is a horror remake of a zombie like apocalypse while a young adult is stuck and barricaded in his apartment while watching everything fall apart through the window. While he meets a girl across the apartment complex. He has something to survive for. Same plot. Same concept. The script is very similar. But the direction is a little dull in the second act when Tyler Poseys character comes across another civilian played by Donald Sutherland. And a long exposition of there views of the apocalypse. Direction is also a little cheesy with the zombie like beings. Which they murmer words. Or still alive human beings. Just there minds are turned cannabalistic. Which makes it a little weird. Tyler Posey. Summer Spiro. And Donald Sutherlands performances are all little questionable. With cheesy acting. The film could have been so much with a faster pacing. Better directions with the cannabalistic beings that spend more time running around in circles and aimlessly. Another issue i have with the film is the ending. It ends abruptly like the writer could not figure out how to wrap up a third act.
Though it offers a slight twist as far as its setting, I feel like I have seen this film before. Maybe the zombie theme has just run its course. Too bad because I find Tyler Posey to be a likeable actor, a combination of awkward good looks and approachable edginess. His character isn't flushed out, however. Whenever the story isn't sure what to do with him, they have him take off his shirt to showcase his numerous tattoos and fit physique.
The plot itself has a young man holed up in his high rise apartment while a zombie apocalypse goes on outside. It's a good thing the other survivor in the building is an sweet attractive young woman about the same age. You can see where this is going.
Maybe it's time to put this genre to rest for a bit while a new approach can be discovered. In the meantime...what a rerun of "The Walking Dead".
The original K-Horror version called #alive, that's currently on Netflix is much better even though a few of the scenes are almost the same in this version.
Seemed like a good pre-Halloween idea to watch a new zombie movie, but there were too many plot holes, “why would you do that?” moments, and the ending was pretty unsatisfying.