A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie explores isolation experienced during a global pandemic, only this pandemic results in cannibalistic zombies rather than Covid-19 symptoms.
Positive Role Models
Characters try to survive after a virus turns millions of people into zombies.
Violence & Scariness
Zombie-horror movie violence throughout. Rifle shots. Attempted suicide by hanging. Talk of suicide. People jumping off of buildings. Helicopter crashes into building. Pick axe to skull. Talk of how a man's wife, after contracting the virus, ate their dogs. Character knocks out another with a baseball bat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lead character wakes up in bed with another woman, implied to be a one-night stand. Brief nudity -- male buttocks. Woman is scantily clad.
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Some profanity, including "f--k." Also: "s--t," "badass." Middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Lead character, after going hungry for a few days, is delighted to find Twinkies in another apartment.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Whiskey drinking, beer drinking. Marijuana smoking.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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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