A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Alone is a 2020 horror movie in which a young man struggles to survive while barricaded in his apartment after a global pandemic turns millions into cannibalistic zombies. It was written by the same writer of the 2020 Korean movie #Alive. There's lots of zombie horror violence, but unlike the Korean movie, much of the obvious commentary on real-life 2020 events isn't as prominent. The lead character attempts suicide by hanging. Talk of suicide (slit wrists). Fighting with a rifle, baseball bat, pick axe. Some gore throughout. The lead character wakes up in bed next to a scantily-clad woman, presumed to be a one-night stand. Brief nudity: male buttocks. Some profanity, including "f--k." Some marijuana smoking, beer and whiskey drinking.
What's the story?
In ALONE, Aidan (Tyler Posey) awakens late one morning in his apartment to the sounds of pandemonium on the streets. People are running for their lives while others are screaming and growling. On the news, there are reports of a virus causing people to bleed from the eyes and turn into cannibals. Soon, one of Aidan's neighbors enters his apartment, and when it's clear that he has been infected, Aidan must find a way to get rid of him before he infects Aidan. After barricading himself in the apartment, Aidan tries to stay sane amidst all the screaming outside and the worries for his family by keeping a vlog, that is, until the power is shut off for good. As the days pass and the food runs low, Aidan is on the verge of ending his life when he sees another human in the apartment building across the street. Through signs and sign language, Aidan and Eva (Summer Spiro) meet. As food and water run low, they must find a way to escape to safety.
Is it any good?
This movie is written by the same writer who came up with the Korean zombie horror movie #Alive, and while the two have a similar story arc, the former is the better of the two. The biggest difference, and the difference that keeps Alone from being as good as #Alive, is that the latter was far more willing to explore the connections between their fictional world and the Covid-19 world we're living through in 2020, and the former replaces it with -- you guessed it -- more zombie-killing action. There's also something more appealing in rooting for the socially awkward gamer of #Alive trying to survive a dystopian pandemic versus the handsome surfer dude of Alone, whose "before time" life seems to consist of smoking weed and having one-night stands. Especially when they meet their female counterpart after weeks in total isolation.
That said, Alone can be enjoyed on its own terms. As the lead character, Tyler Posey is clearly fully immersed in the deteriorating mental and emotional state of a young man torn up and traumatized. In the interactions between Posey's character and Eva (played by Summer Spiro), that sense of the innate human desire for simple interaction comes through, even if at times their muted and clandestine conversation comes across as the unlikely opposites of a dystopian romcom. And of course Donald Sutherland is amazing, and his performance brings the story the closest to the deeper themes that come through in the original movie.
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