A young woman named Ann (Lucy Walters) struggles to survive after a mysterious epidemic decimates society. She leads an isolated life and battles the threat of the bloodthirsty survivors who were infected and lurk outside the forest. But when her supplies run low, Ann must make the desperate journey into town to forage for any remaining food. During one of these raids, she meets teenage Olivia (Gina Piersanti) and her stepfather, Chris (Adam David Thompson).
After a deadly outbreak that turned nearly everyone into raging zombies, Ann (Lucy Walters), her husband Jason (Shane West), along with their infant baby daughter, flee into the deep woods to the place where Jason was raised. Jason teaches his wife how to survive in the wilderness but soon he and their baby die. Ann’s supply’s are getting desperately low now, and one day she decides to head toward the closest town to try and scavenge some supplies.
Along the way, Ann runs across a teenager Olivia (Gina Piersanti) and her stepfather Chris (Adam David Thompson) that is seriously wounded and stops to help them so that they can both survive. As soon as Chris is better, he invites Ann to travel with Olivia and himself as they head North. However, Olivia has an unforgiving secret about the death of her baby and she decides to stay. Overcome with jealousy, Olivia suddenly develops a disturbing case of the hots for her step-dad and an intense resentment for Ann, who now has his attention.
Soon Chris and Ann hook up in the car and Olivia becomes even more jealous of the situation. When Chris and Olivia grab their things and all are ready to leave, Ann suggests that they should scavenge more food from a nearby farm that she has been taking supplies from. After they agree, Ann and Olivia enter the house while Chris creates a diversion for the zombies outside before things turn for the worse with tragic consequences. While Ann is busy grabbing food and supplies, Olivia plans to eliminate her competition and hits her over the head and ties her up, then she proceeds to scream for the zombies to come and get lunch. Once the zombies begin to come inside Olivia grabs everything she can and runs.
Somehow Ann is able to free herself so she grabs her gun and runs back to camp. Olivia arrives back at the camp first and tells step-dad that the zombies attacked them both and that they caught Ann. Little does she know that she caught the attention of several zombies as she was racing from the house and through the woods, and by this point, several show up at the camp and attack both of them. Chris runs into them with a tire iron and a butcher knife as one goes after Olivia. Ann shows up just in time and manages to kill a few of the zombies. Both Ms. As the attack continues, Chris and Olivia are both about to be bitten and it looks like Ann is down to her last bullet. Suddenly scenes flashback to her sick baby who has come down with the deadly virus and we see that she sadly has to kill her sick baby. Flash forward to her making a split-second decision on which one to save.
Here Alone reminded me a lot of “The Road” which I thought was a great movie. This movie comes very close to Walking Dead, it just needs more action, about 50% more action and it would have been near perfect. There are only a few scenes with actual zombies, however, so it’s more of a straight-up survival film. The mixture of these genres & sub-genres makes this movie pretty unique. If you like post-apocalyptic movies or any number of more psychological films set against the backdrop of some sort of worldwide pandemic, give this one a look. The hopeful survivalist in me thought it was well-done. All in all the good acting and the dark atmosphere makes this film a great choice for a one time watch. Another good recent movie of this kind is “The Girl With All The Gifts”, and honestly it may even be a better choice, but I’d still recommend this one also.
Title: Here Alone
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Starring: Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson
MPAA Rated: NR
Directors: Rod Blackhurst
Reviewed by: Carl Collins
Our Rating: 3.0 /5
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