‘Here Alone’ is the story of a woman who’s trying to survive isolation after a zombie apocalypse takes place, and her family passes away.
Directed by: Rod Blackhurst.
Starring: Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson, Shane West, Holly Adams, Abel McSurely Bradshaw, Jonathan Gundel, Mary Guzzy, Aubrey Hart, Willow Keith, Mike Lavarnway, Sophia Nickerson, Jeffrey Rinick, Danielle Smith, Rebecca Spiro, Ryken A. Whitfield.
Country: United States.
Genre: Horror, thriller, drama.
Running time: 97 minutes.
I can guarantee this is not the first time you’ve read about Here Alone. The film was talked about in the horror circle years ago when it ran through the festival circuit with little praise. However, what everyone saw in the film was its subtle approach of a subject that’s not original and very common. I remember hearing about how nothing happened in the film, and yet the story was important. It wasn’t until a few days ago when I had the chance to survey Ann’s horrific situation in a post-apocalyptic world.
The very small film Here Alone is not bad. It is just simple. And these stories never are. Treating them as banal situations would seem like a waste of resources. I can assure you this is basically not true. Here Alone is a drama film in the vein of The Walking Dead, with human conflicts juxtaposed with the most jarring end of all: getting exterminated by twisted versions of your own kind.
The film has its issues and they are too heavy to omit, but with a integral perspective the final product differs from the industry’s most common examples. It’s an undeniably important characteristic.
Carefully unveiled horrors
An epidemic shakes the world. Long story short, zombies have arrived and a family of three keep running away. They immerse themselves in the woods and get into survival mode. This is all told in flashback as the wife and mother is now alone. She’s famished and raids whatever’s left in a remote house. She lives in her car and manages to follow her late’s husband survivor advice. She’s definitely having a hard time.
One day she has an encounter with a girl and her sick stepfather. She decides to take care of the man while she tries to gain the trust of the teenager. As the man’s health improves, they start a relationship that irritates the girl.
While they decide to get separated or go somewhere together, Ann’s life is shaken by an unexpected feeling of love she can’t get rid of.
Not much happens because it’s not supposed to
Yes, this is Here Alone. And of course the film doesn’t include much more than three people trying to survive something they can’t understand. The film’s impressive production design makes us forget about the possibility of indie cinema. And the pace of the script doesn’t change much, as the film doesn’t rely on the genre it’s based on. This is not your typical zombie film with heads exploding and gore galore. Violence is minimal.
Here Alone is just another survival film with a compelling character. It shouldn’t be more than that because if you point the story towards a realistic focus, the delivery shouldn’t be outlandish.
Revisiting what’s worth revisiting
Here Alone won the Audience Award in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and that’s quite rare considering it’s not an audience darling outside of the festival scope. It’s worth revisiting it if you like to appreciate the atypical twists on genre films, even if they only feel like an overlong episode of the zombie TV show.
– The performance by Lucy Walters is impressive. Realism is seldom seen in horror and Walters does a damn good job at it.
– A final plot twist is harrowing and risky. However, it works in every sense.
– Ann’s flashbacks reveal a horrible story about guilt that I definitely did not see coming.
– The second act is a dull proposal that takes too much to materialize in its simple outcome.