Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone in my head. Over, and frigging over again.
It's got nothing to do with the movie, obviously, but damn it if it didn't get subliminally wedged in the song lyrics part of my brain by its title.
Anyway, You Are Not Alone is a micro-budgeted Indie flick that offers up a nice twist on the usual Found Footage/POV flick, by actually showing us all of the action from behind someone's eyes. No cameras, no cellphones, no characters randomly filming things for ridiculous, frustrating reasons... just a day in the life of a girl and her friends as seen from the POV of the girl. If for no other reason, this movie gets our respect for doing away with those shitty, shitty Found Footage plot devices.
It's not a bad movie overall, either.
And that's the first 50 minutes of the movie.
|THERE'S ALSO BEER PONG.|
Intense POV terror ensues.
|ENJOY THIS SHOT, BECAUSE THE KILLER GOES MOSTLY MASK-FREE AFTER THIS.|
That's kind of cool.
You Are Not Alone is a small Indie flick that was shot for about $20K, and looks like it cost 10 times that much, and maybe even more than that. It didn't look or feel cheap at all, the actors were all pretty solid in their roles, and the people behind the camera definitely knew what they were about. It may take a while to get going (a long while), but once it does, it's a pretty intense ride too, even if we do wish that intensity would have lasted a bit longer.
|OH, SO THAT'S WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE.|
- There's a killer on the loose in a small town, and no one offers to give Natalie a ride home after a night of drinking? They let her walk?
- When Natalie does make it home, all of the doors and windows in the big, dark house are unlocked... even though there's a killer on the loose.
- When a creepy dude shows up at midnight, and stares at her house from outside, she calls her friend instead of the Cops.. even though there's a killer on the loose!
I could go on about the shit in this movie that made no sense (like the way the neighbor acts when she goes to him for help, the knife on the leg, etc...), but that would be nitpicking. Suffice it to say that the script had some holes in it.
|NOT FOR THE FIRST 50 MINUTES OF THE MOVIE, THERE ISN'T!|
This one is definitely worth a look-see when you get the chance, just know that it's one of those slow build sort of affairs, and an effective one at that.
You Are Not Alone is on DVD now (in the UK), and should be hitting the U.S. sometime this summer.
You Are not Alone.