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Critic Reviews for Elsewhere
...a pervasively meaningless endeavor that's simply unable to justify its existence...
when you have a serial killer story, by avoiding this subject matter completely, you tend to soften the film
The one thing I will say for this film is that it's aptly titled. Throughout the entire viewing experience all I could do was wish that I was elsewhere. Skip it. Avoid it.
Kendrick rises above some predictable material here, but director Nathan Hope does at least infuse the film with some genuine frights and keeps things moving at a clippy pace
Audience Reviews for Elsewhere
As dismal as this film looks and sounds on the outside, "Elsewhere" really rises above it's straight-to-DVD packaging and delivers a somewhat provocative and engaging thriller. Led by the gorgeous Anna Kendrick, her command of the character Sarah comes off very much like the turn Kristen Bell gives as Veronica Mars, using the assets around her to figure out the case, including a classmate named Jasper, played wonderfully by unknown Chuck Carter. The biggest flaw within the film is the dated nature of the material. For a film that came out in 2009, "Elsewhere" plays out like a thriller in the dawn of the internet in the 90s. Treating a website like MySpace as if it were a new idea, the film and its characters are portrayed as having little knowledge of how they work or that they exist, even though MySpace was launched six years prior to the release of this film. Along with that, the mysterious abductor is telegraphed far before the climax of the film, despite director Nathan Hope's best attempts and covering it up once its been revealed. However, mixing in creeps throughout the film helps to divert the viewers attention without much harm to the overall arc. Kendrick is an astounding actress and proves more so here than anywhere else, that she can keep a film afloat no matter how bottom barrel it may seem.
CAST: Anna Kendrick, Tania Raymond, Olivia Dawn, Chuck Carter, Paul Wesley, Jon Gries, Shannon Holt, Jeff Phillips DIRECTED BY: Nathan Hope SUMMARY: Small-town life goes topsy-turvy when young girls start disappearing out of thin air. But things get uncomfortably personal when Sarah (Anna Kendrick) learns that her best friend, Jillian (Tania Raymonde), has joined the ranks of the missing. The trouble is, only cryptic clues remain: Jillian's diary, a puzzling message that was sent from her cell phone -- and Sarah's prior knowledge that her friend had been meeting strange men online. MY THOUGHTS: "I was expecting much worse, but it really was a pretty solid thriller. The script could have been better, but the acting from the leads make up for it. It's a story that has been told, but it's still a decent flick. Anna Kendrick and Chuck Carter were pretty good and had good chemistry. He really brought the laughter in this film. The movie had a good look and feel. It's a good movie, worth the rental."
It was an alright film. Nothing to get too excited over though.
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