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Published October 28th 2020
When your fears find you, you can run or you can fight

A young woman finds herself being seemingly stalked by a 'creep' as she drives along the isolated roads of the wilderness. She wakes to find she's been kidnapped but escapes the remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest where she's being held against her will. And so begins the game of cat and mouse.

Directed by John Hyams, Alone stars Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca. It's available to rent via FOXTEL & FETCH from 29 October 2020. It's also screening at Ritz Cinemas, Randwick (NSW) & 5 Star Cinemas New Farm (Qld) from the same date onwards. Rated MA 15 plus, it has a run time of 98 minutes.

It's obvious when the film begins that Jessica (Jules Willcox) is troubled and moving away, as she packs her U-Haul trailer with her possessions. Not wanting to speak to her mother reinforces that she wants to be left alone, even though her parents are concerned with her snap decision to pack up and leave. En route, as she drives along the winding roads, she keeps bumping into a black SUV and its driver, that sets off alarm bells in her head. Unfortunately, her desire to be left alone is going to fall by the wayside as this persistent stranger outwits her and just doesn't give up.

There's nothing new here other than the fact that the film does not dwell on, or delve into the background of its characters. It's simply a game of the hunter and the hunted. It takes a while to get off the ground as it tries to set a sombre mood, but once in does, somewhere in the middle, it's very believable and you'll find yourself holding your breath, as the chase is on! The vehicular cat and mouse game between the two is especially heart-stopping

Willcox does well enough conveying her character, however, you'll have to make up your own mind about Menchaca's underplayed psycho character. Some may find that chilling, and some may find that a little weak. However, the trailer is a good indicator of what's to come because it doesn't seem to hold back in revealing what seems like, the whole film.

If you have time to pluck yourself away from the flight or fight chase, you might notice the natural beauty of the setting, well captured.

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When: Rent via FOXTEL & FETCH fr 29 Oct 2020. Also screening at Ritz Cinemas, Randwick (NSW) & 5 Star Cinemas New Farm (Qld) fr 29 Oct
Where: Australia
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