ALONE (2020) reviews and ratings of angst-ridden zombie horror

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‘Anyone that survives this will have to be forgiven for unforgivable things.’

Alone is a 2020 American infection horror feature film about a man isolated in his apartment as a zombie apocalypse ensues outside.

Directed by Johnny Martin (Devour; Delirium; Skeleton Man) from a screenplay written by Matt Naylor, the JAR Films-Martini Films production stars Donald Sutherland (The Puppet Masters; Invasion of the Body Snatchers; Don’t Look Now), Tyler Posey (The Lost Boys 2019; Scream: The TV Series; Truth or Dare), Robert Ri’chard (iZombie series; The Vampire Diaries series; The Burrowers) and John Posey.

The plot is very similar to that of the French film The Night Eats the World (2018). Alone was reworked by scripter Matt Naylor and director Cho Il-hyung for South Korean movie #Alive

Plot:

When an apocalyptic outbreak hits, Aidan barricades himself inside his apartment and starts rationing food. His complex is overrun by infected Screamers, and with the world falling apart into chaos, he is left completely alone fighting for his life…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Sutherland’s seasoned abilities add oxygen to the picture, giving it brief thespian authority, and Martin tries to deliver more excitement with climatic chases, briefly distracting him from his overall plan to keep Posey in various stages of undress. Alone isn’t a sustained nail-biter, but it eventually finds its groove, locking into scenes of despair, pursuit, and the comfort of strangers.” Blu-ray.com

“Fans of Tyler Posey should be all over Alone. He is pretty much in every scene […] Alone is relevant in our COVID-19 world. Themes of isolation and social distancing run wild. Alone isn’t awful, so it might just be the zombie movie you never knew you wanted to see. ” Bulletproof Action

Alone’s story is a simple one that gets straight to the point. Despite the film’s villains in the form of zombies, this film attacks the viewer’s psyche of being alone and void of human contact. Posey does an amazing job of portraying this slow decline of becoming depressed, fits of anger due to being powerless in his situation, having high amounts of fear, and losing all hope.” But Why Tho?

Dependable Donald Sutherland shows up as a helpful neighbor, and his star power elevates the film, but the fact of the matter is that this is Posey’s movie all the way, and he is pretty terrific […]  The action sequences are intense and nimble, and while #Alive made the action more extreme, here it’s more realistic while also being nail-biting.” Edge Media Network

” …unnecessary scenes, bad dialogue, an empty character of Eve’s girl and a form-major affection made the film Alone a one-time product with a primitive solution to a complex, almost insoluble problem.” FMovie123

Alone is nothing new or original, but it’s a well-made film that perfectly alternates between moments guaranteeing heartwarming smiles and shocked gasps. It’s also a film that’s painfully real for many of us, one that stresses the importance of hanging onto hope, and how valuable it is to include others in our life, and cherish the ones we love.” Killer Horror Critic

Alone shines in moments as Sutherland’s Edward gets the limelight. In that, Aidan and Eva aren’t your regular young adult stereotypes, but since the script chooses to flesh out Aidan’s trauma, Eva’s significance as anything but a prop in his arc is reduced. In short, Alone is captivating only if you haven’t watched the South Korean version already.” Meawww

Alone is a humbling reminder that even Donald Sutherland has to pay rent – I can’t think of another reason why he’d be here. Worse, he’s only in the film for the last 15 minutes or so, which is especially tragic because he’s the best part. This isn’t the worst movie I’ve seen this month, but that’s in no small part because I saw Hubie Halloween last week…” Parents Previews

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Release:

Alone was released On-Demand on October 16th 2020 and on Blu-ray and DVD on October 20th by Lionsgate.

Cast and characters:

Donald Sutherland … Edward
Tyler Posey … Young Man
Robert Ri’chard … Brandon
John Posey … Dad
Eric Etebari … Jack Brian
Summer Spiro … Eva
Margarita Reyes … Injured Screamer
Greg Fitzpatrick … Field Reporter
Brooke Swallow … Jessica
Josh Harp … Huge Screamer
Bridgette Meredith Garb … Sister
Maya Karin
Debbie Martinelli Swallow … Sharon
Josey Martin … Vanessa
Jenny Martin … Kat

Trivia:

Donald Sutherland began his film career in horror playing three roles, including an old woman, in Italian movie The Castle of the Living Dead (1964), swiftly followed by Amicus’ Doctor Terror’s House of Horrors (1964) and Hammer’s Fanatic aka Die! Die! My Darling! (1965).

Related:

#ALIVE (2020) reviews and overview of Korean zombie flick

Notes:

This film should not be confused with the 2020 horror thriller of the same name starring Elizabeth Arends.

  

5 Comments on “ALONE (2020) reviews and ratings of angst-ridden zombie horror”

  1. Can be a bit depressing at times and different spin on zombies. Donald Sutherland plays a great part. An ok watch. This is a remake of the Korean film ‘Alive’, which is a much better version.

    1. I haven’t seen Alone yet but did enjoy the Korean version #Alive. The US film went into production first and writer Matt Naylor adapted for the Korean version along with director Cho Il-hyung. The latter got released first which is why people have assumed the American movie is a remake. That said, Alone is very similar to the French film The Night Eats the World (2018), one I didn’t enjoy at all.

  2. this movie is the same in korea, with the title “Alive” everything happened in the story. but it seems more entertaining, because the strange zombies here are faster and longer.

  3. It is shown as completed on IMDb but a release date has yet to be announced presumably because of the ongoing pandemic and growing infection rates in the USA which means more and more theatrical releases are being put back to 2021.

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