Jules Willcox (Netflix’s Bloodline) stars in ALONE as Jessica, a grief-stricken widow who flees the city in an attempt to cope with the loss of her husband. When Jessica is kidnapped by a mysterious man and locked in a cabin in the Pacific Northwest, she escapes into the wilderness and is pursued by her captor. The key cast includes Marc Menchaca (Ozark, The Outsider) and Anthony Heald (The Silence Of The Lambs).
Alone will be available on VOD on September 18th.
The film opens with a woman packing her stuff and heading off in a Uhaul. We are presented with little dialogue but putting the pieces together, and she is going through a divorce (we find out much later that her husband killed himself).
An intense meeting with a man has put our Jessica (Jules Willcox) on edge, and the guy doesn’t seem very homie and somewhat creepy, that’s for sure. We’ve had several run-ins with this man at every turn, and now she is paranoid. Jessica’s (and ours) suspicions ring true as she is kidnapped and taken hostage.
For the most part, we have our prototypical kidnap and held hostage style movie. We have our lead, and she is kidnapped and held hostage, and the build was similar to other films and didn’t make you feel like you weren’t watching something you have seen before.
Compared to others, what it did do right was the casting of our two main characters. Jules Willcox gives a solid turn as our scorned widower, who is trying to not only escape this man but her past as well. The writing of Jessica was solid, and Mattias Olsson does a great job of making us ‘the viewer’ care about what was going to happen to her. But the writing would only be as good as the performance.
Furthermore, Marc Menchaca gives a good performance as our antagonist. He embodied that creep vibe from the go, and it only got better and better as the film progressed.
In conclusion, Alone does more right than it does wrong as they do a great job of building us for our grand finale, which finishes with a solid bang.
Jules Willcox gives a powerful performance and carries Alone to the next level.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.