A woman named Jessica (Jules Wilcox) has recently become a widow and decides to pack up her belongings and get away from her current issues. She decides to hire a trailer and begins to drive to her new destination where her new life awaits. Unfortunately for Sarah, while driving on the road, she begins to be stalked by a male stranger. Soon this stranger manages to kidnap her and locks her up as a prisoner. While being locked up, Sarah attempts to find ways to escape. She soon finds a way to unlock her door and manages to run outside. She now finds herself alone in the wilderness, her kidnapper armed with a rifle. With no one to help Sarah, she is forced to use her wits and try to survive against this unknown pursuer.
I felt the film’s opening was very well done. We witness Sarah loading up her trailer and beginning her journey. Her reasoning for doing this is at first unknown, and I certainly enjoyed seeing Sarah deal with her own personal mystery. It does not take long until an even bigger and more uncomfortable mystery begins. Sarah also has a few incidents on the road and even interacts with the unknown male driver at multiple times. I found myself questioning, even early in the film, if this strange man was a threat to Sarah or was it all just pure coincidence that she continued to bump into him while travelling.
Alone is most certainly a tense watch. It is filled with plenty of suspense and unpredictable moments. This film has also been created with quite a small cast which is normally quite risky as a thriller, in my opinion. Our leading performances by both Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca were very satisfying as they both truly carry this film for the full duration.
The filming style here is also great, and there is plenty of filming shots that deliver creativity. The film’s sound design and audio track are also worth mentioning. Sound effects are most certainly a major player in creating atmosphere, especially when our leads are stuck in the woods all alone.
Overall, Alone is a slow-burning thriller which I found extremely tense to watch. It is filled with suspenseful moments, and many of these moments carry unpredictable outcomes. Performances by Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca were both equally solid, and they certainly carried this film for the full duration. This has an extremely pleasing filming style along with chilling sound effects. As a film, Alone is certainly a refreshing thriller which has been done well with a small cast and a basic plot. I was quite surprised at how effective I found this film to be, and by the film’s third act, it all felt very applaud worthy.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden