Here Alone’s Undead Apocalypse Is Familiar but Still Compelling
But it does veer into soap opera territory because of the intensity of what's going on. Definitely a worthy watch on Netflix. For my full video review, click here: www. From the start you can tell your not in for your average zombie flick; in fact I'd say its more akin to a character study on people coping with day to day life in a destroyed society. The story itself primarily follows Ann a year after the initial outbreak with flashbacks sprinkled throughout the films to the early days offering an insight into what happened to her and her family prior to where we see her in the present day.
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The intimate cast gel together incredibly, the limited view we actually see of the zombies makes them that much more terrifying. The cinematography is also breathtaking - Blackhurst and McDaid once again prove they are masters in their feild - especially in the first act; showing Ann as completely isolated in such an open environment. A really well made drama with light horror elements. This reminded me of another film I saw earlier this year called The Survivalist as they both feature someone who has camped out in the woods due to a global event who's life is thrown off balance due to the arrival of others.
The acting by Lucy Walters who plays Ann our main character is really quite good. Her backstory is given to us through flashback snippets throughout and it was really worked as opposed to having the film play out chronologically. For a low budget film it looks really good and I really enjoyed the natural locations. Way to bring teenage angst to a zombie fight, Liv! An interesting angle on the genre, more how to deal with other survivors than "oh shit, zombies". Don't worry, the seemingly mandatory flashbacks to explain what happened to everyone are still very present.
Ann is a badass, big fan. An intimate survival tale that happens to be in the zombie apocalypse. This is a slow character piece that is pretty good. It's not the best of its kind, but it's competent and well made. The lead actress is not able to deliver on some of the more emotional moments, but over all it works.
Featuring very little gore,brief nudity from Walters,very little zombie action,stale performances,and wooden directing by Blackhurst,HERE ALONE basically results in being an absolute failure in every way. How this film has been recieved by its audience, to me, is a shame. There's this weird notion it seems, that a post apocalyptic horror film that has the undead in it has to be some sort of adrenaline pumping high octane murder movie.
That any film thats pace is slower and more methodical is inherently boring or bland. After watching Here Alone I looked up the average viewers enjoyment and found that about sixty five percent of people liked it versus the forty five that didn't. Here Alone, in my amateur opinion, is a story of two themes. One a tale about heartbreak, isolation, and survival at all costs, while the other is about hope and human….
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth. I feel like this movie has a lot of strengths. It maintains some mystery, shows some real human struggle, and the actress who plays the main character is extremely engaging. The story is somewhat unique, given its common premise, but there are some aspects about it that rub just a little wrong. Ann is surviving alone in the woods during the zombie apocalypse. She's no Ripley, but she's not a scream queen either. Holing up in the woods of upstate NY was the idea of her survivalist husband in an effort to save them and their infant child ominous tone.
But Ann isn't a strict adherent to her husband's survivalist tutoring, shown especially when two uninfected strangers show up and present an immediate tension in the rationing of the already meager supplies. But also the tensions of three people living alone in the woods. The Road meets No Exit. A nice touch to this movie, besides the slow reveal of the outcomes of the rest of Ann's family, is how there doesn't need to be a clear sign of zombie for the first half hour or so, merely suggestion and peripheral sightings.
But the movie doesn't hold off from seeing the monsters for too long to make their absence distracting. The film doesn't quite cash in on its interpersonal tensions by the end, but overall an intriguing effort. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial.
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