HOLLYWOOD – So you think you’re going to bug out when the SHTF?
You’re going to survive in the woods and eat wild animals, edible plants and berries. You’ll camp out with your survival gear, and use the beauty and abundance of nature until the troubles calm down?
Well, “Here Alone,” an award-winning film, including the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, might just change your mind; or at least give you the most realistic view of bugging out Hollywood has ever produced.
For starters, the movie is billed as a zombie, horror, sci-fi film, but it really is mischaracterized. There is some gore, and violence, but nothing like a “Friday the 13th” style horror flick.
The vast majority of the film shows a young woman, living on her own in the woods, where she escaped to avoid a virus that infected people and turned them into aggressive and cannibalistic killers. The zombies don’t really have much of a role until the last 30 minutes of the movie.
Yes, the zombies are always the background existential threat, but in no way is this a blood-filled movie.
Fans of “The Walking Dead” will certainly like this film.
Where the story really draws its power is the ability of Lucy Walters to play Ann as she survives all alone with no skills or bushcraft experience juxtaposed by a beautiful wilderness setting.
Very few actors can carry an entire film by themselves (think Tom Hanks in “Cast Away”), but that’s exactly what Walters does.
It’s an immersive bug out experience. We see Ann’s frustration and despair as she stumbles to build a trap with sticks and an igloo. She attempts to survive on berries and leaves, only to get sick after. Her loneliness is palpable, as is her sadness when she reflects on everything she’s lost.
We also see her power and strength when she takes control of certain situations, such as raiding an abandoned home and evading the infected.
The film’s director, Rod Blackhurst, does a terrific job of illustrating Ann’s lonely, precarious situation, but the film’s tension really builds when two more people enter her area.
Act three is more tense as a teenager, and her stepfather, ask for help. For the remainder of the film, Ann must decide if these two are safe, or do they intend to steal what few supplies she has on hand.
For anyone that has not backpacked or camped alone for several days, this movie will earn its place as a powerful teacher of what its like to be on your own.
If viewers like tense, immersive films that progress like a slow burning fuse until the last scene, they will like “Here Alone.”
The film does contain some violence, plenty of tension, some language and some female nudity. None of it is gratuitous, but it’s not appropriate for young children.
Paratus Business News highly recommends “Here Alone.”
It is available on Netflix, Apple TV, DVD and other streaming services.