REVIEW: I am Alone
– By Dave Cliffe
An unknown virus seems to be sweeping across middle-America that turns humans into zombie-like figures. Unbeknownst to television host and survivalist, Jacob Fitts (Gareth David-Lloyd), his next adventure in the wilderness will lead him right into the foray of this virus-infected environment. A fight for survival ensues.
One of the key elements that encapsulate a successful film is the believability in characters, setting and story. If only one of these aspects rings true for the audience, then there is hope and something to hold onto for immersing oneself into the film experience – if any of these are not achieved, then the venture is lost.
Unfortunately, in the case of I am Alone, the three vital areas of credibility are lost in delivery, which is a shame as there are some aspects that should be given credit. Firstly, the screenplay seems to be vying for a triptych-style approach to delivering the unfolding horror narrative. If such an approach to story-telling is implemented, then it needs to be coherent and cohesive with each other, moreover, entail a sense of natural bridging between them; which for this feature, does not work.
Secondly, the direction of narrative does not entail enough gripping and horrific scenes; something essential for the horror-survival genre. Scenes seem to be just placed together without any real flow or sense of foreboding horror. It is possible that this is due to using the three-strand approach; jumping in and out of these plot areas maybe slightly jarring. The idea of the multi-angled approach to the found-footage narrative is not new, however, and can work well if synchronicity is achieved, but quite often it doesn’t, as with I am Alone’s various video-styles (CCTV, handheld, documentary cameras) makes the viewer feel like they are jumping in and out of media genres – almost like TV channel hopping. Finally, the locations do not hold any truth to the proceedings; they feel very isolated and not in-tangent with the story, moreover, in the believability that they are all from within the same narrative world. There is a decent idea here, but execution is far from a polished result.
The shining light though, is actor Gareth David-Philips. He really does put an immense effort into his performance, and at times, transcends the mediocracy of the film in question. He shows excellent range of delivery and character embodiment; one will be looking out for him in future projects.
This will come across as a scathing review, but there are b-movie traits within I am Alone that will appease zombie-heads. However, for all others, this should not be put on the top of your list. For a more satisfying twist on the zombie genre, go seek recent the The Girl with All the Gifts.