Stalked – UK, 2019 – reviews

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[Total: 10   Average: 2.6/5]

‘Cat and mouse is a deadly game to play’

Stalked is a 2019 British science fiction horror thriller feature film in which a young woman wakes up in a deserted factory where she is hunted by an invisible force.

Written and directed by Justin Edgar, the movie stars Nathalie Buscombe, Ian Sharp and Rebecca Rogers.

Plot:

Former Royal Marine commando and single mother Sam (Rebecca Rogers) is brutally kidnapped on her way to the pharmacy. She wakes up disoriented in what seems to be a deserted military factory. Worried that she has left her baby alone at home, she hurries to find a way out but all exits have been sealed.

Sam soon realises that she is not alone. Stalked and attacked by an invisible foe (Laurence Saunders), she must use all of her military skills and knowledge to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. When she discovers that her kidnapper is a serial killer wearing a quantum stealth suit that renders him invisible and that the compound is guarded by military drones, she unleashes all her strength in the hope to get back to her baby…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“There’s a little too much toing and froing in this cat-and-mouse table-turner and its midway point features a deux ex machina so conspicuous that it seems certain to be a trap, dream or delusion. But to its credit, Stalked mercifully avoids the obvious twists and its antagonist is given satisfactory motive. This is a well-handled thriller that rarely loses sight of its goals…” Daily Dead

“The whole film plays out like one big game of cat and mouse, and for the most part, it works well. The score could perhaps do with a little tweaking; sometimes it’s a little too in your face and action-packed for what is on screen. The film also loses some steam during the last twenty minutes.” The Hollywood News

“The suit itself isn’t quite as unsettling as it might be, seen either as a black parka or a simple absence – when a boost in the effects budget could have run to more traditional invisible man effects […] Rogers has a tough, taut presence, and all the other characters are deftly sketched in for their functions in the pared-down, machine-tooled action runaround business.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“The effects applied to the killer’s voice make him impossible to understand what he’s saying. The dialogue isn’t anything that profound, but not being able to make it out is annoying. It also helps that Stalked runs a fast 82 minutes so there isn’t a lot of time for things to become stale. Or to notice some of the plot holes.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Nathalie Buscombe … Tess
  • Ian Sharp … Craig
  • Rebecca Rogers … Sam
  • Laurence Saunders … IT
  • Stephen Uppal … Cal
  • Vanessa Donovan … Berenice
  • Imogen Irving … Stacey
  • Amber Edgar … Amy
  • Billy Cooke … Billy

Filming locations:

Warwickshire, England

Technical details:

  • 82 minutes
  • Audio: Stereo
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 HD

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