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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages here. It's just a case of needless violence met with more violence -- and vengeance.
Positive Role Models
It would be nice to say that Jessica is a strong female character, but she's mostly helpless for majority of movie. She does manage to escape by herself (even triumphs in the end, through some violence of her own), but otherwise, she's at the mercy of men around her.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme violence. A woman is terrorized by a man throughout. He breaks her car window with a tire iron, attacks her, punches her hard, injects her with a knockout drug. He slams her against a door, drags her by her hair. Branch stabbed through bare foot; blood shown. One character shoots, wounds another. Repeated punching, mostly off-screen. Shooting and killing (off-screen). Characters fight with a knife and tire iron. Punching, beating, stabbing. Dead body dragged to grave, buried. Woman bloodied and bruised. Car crash. Mention of suicide.
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Several uses of "f--k," "s--t." Also "hell," "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
U-Haul trailer (part of the story) seen frequently.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Social drinking seen in old photos.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alone is a thriller about a lone female traveler named Jessica (Jules Willcox) who's kidnapped and terrorized by a male psychopath (Marc Menchaca). It's technically well made, but it's also unpleasant, with extremely strong violence. Most of the violence is directed at Jessica, including guns/shooting, punching, stabbing, dragging by the hair, and slamming against a wall. A tree branch pierces her bare foot, with blood shown. Her attacker also pummels and shoots another man, drags his body, and buries him. He and Jessica fight using a tire iron and a knife, plus punching and stabbing. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "bitch" and "hell." Jessica smokes on several occasions, and a photograph shows social drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Directed by John Hyams, this lean thriller works more or less in the ways it's supposed to, but it also has a strong sense of vicious cruelty, and it may leave a bad taste in your mouth. Hyams has a strong visual style and a good sense of rhythm, and he puts all of the story's bits and pieces together in just the right way to create white knuckles. But given that the entire story of Alone is about a relentless, psychopathic stalker who's trying to harm an innocent (and already victimized) woman, it just doesn't sit right. Similar but far more controversial exploitation classics like The Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave at least gave their female characters a chance to fight back. In Alone, Jessica is a helpless victim for 95% of the movie.
What's more, viewers are asked to forgive some strange coincidences and silliness. First, it's totally random that Jessica should come upon the slow-driving psychopath in the first place. Does he drive slowly all the time in the hopes that solo women drivers will try to pass him? And how does he always know where she is? How did he manage to cause her eventual car crash in order to capture her? And why is his phone not passcode-protected? Given that Alone starts off by recalling Steven Spielberg's early horror movie Duel, perhaps it should have embraced its killer's supernatural qualities rather than pretend that this is all just happening by chance. It's a shame that lack of care brings down an otherwise well-made thriller.
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