Fantasia Review "Alone" is Why Road Trips are Better with Friends
Updated: Feb 19, 2021
A woman is stalked by a cold-blooded killer in a horrifying game of cat and mouse.
"Alone" follows Jessica (Jules Willcox), a grieving widow who packs up her things and leaves the city following the death of her husband. Moving trailer in tow, she heads deep into the isolated expanse of the Pacific Northwest, barely another car in sight. Early into her trip, she drives up behind a man (Marc Menchaca) in a dusty jeep who has an evident case of road rage. After a bizarre encounter that leaves Jessica shaken up, she spends the night alone in a roadside motel and continues her journey the following morning.
Despite her fragile state, Jessica is an intelligent woman with enough street-smarts to know when she's being followed. Feigning coincidence and car trouble, the Jeep-driving man from the day prior manages to capture Jessica, locking her away in his remote cabin. "The greatest suspense thrillers are stripped to the bone -- a progression of essential elements, unencumbered by backstory and exposition, the stakes raised with each successive beat" says director, John Hyams, about "Alone" which was written by Mattias Olsson.
"Not alone" are two words I grew up hearing frequently. If there's anything my parents instilled in me, it's never to go anywhere or do anything alone. Sounds extreme, I know, but movies like "Alone" remind me to heed their advice. As scary as it is suspenseful, "Alone" is most terrifying because of how realistic it feels. Jessica's captor's employs Ted Bundy-like techniques, appealing to her sympathetic side. Hyam's film is just as he articulates, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, unadulterated by gratuitous dialogue and backstory and it should not be missed.
"Alone" will be released September 18, 2020 in theaters and on VOD.