Release Date: January 17th, 2007 (IFC Center) by IFC First Take.
The Cast: Colin Hanks, Ana Claudia Talancón, Jordana Spiro, Jonathan Trent.
Directed by Eric Nicholas.
BASIC PREMISE: Doug (Hanks) stalks Ana (Talancón), secretly installs cameras throughout her apartment, and befriends her.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Colin Hanks gives an appropriately creepy performance as Doug, a loner obsessed with voyeurism who stalks people with a hidden camcorder. The film opens from the point of view of his camcorder and stays that way throughout, which makes the audience feel like a voyeur as well. Everything changes when he meets the beautiful, friendly Ana at a park, stalks her, and installs tiny hidden cameras in her apartment. He bumps into her again and leads her to believe that they have a lot in common. Once she gradually invites him into her life and he tries to get closer to her, the tension begins to diminish, especially because you already know the identity of the voyeur/stalker. The questions that remain include how far he’ll go to get what he wants and at what point Ana will figure him out—with the assistance of her best friend (Spiro). In a underdeveloped subplot, Ana starts dating a coworker (Trent), but, soon enough, Doug finds out finds cruel ways to stop them from dating. The screenplay by writer/director Eric Nicholas eventually feels tedious and contrived, particularly during the chaotic third act. Alone With Her has an intriguing premise, convincing performances, and plenty of Blair Witch -style visuals which help to add somewhat of an eerie atmosphere. If only the screenplay were as imaginative during its brief running time of 78 minutes. SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than to be aware that modern technology can and, in some cases, is used to invade people’s privacy.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Occasionally tedious and contrived.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
IN A NUTSHELL: Intriguing and creepy with strong performances, but occasionally tedious and contrived.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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