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Alone with Her
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May 23, 2007 By: Scott Weinberg
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Director:
Eric Nicholas

Actors:
Colin Hanks
Ana Claudia Talancon
Jordana Spiro

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A stalker places a bunch of tiny cameras inside of a beautiful young girl's apartment in an effort to learn her secrets -- and more.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Now here's a pleasant little surprise of a thriller. I don't mean the movie is pleasant, but I sure wasn't expecting from ALONE WITH HER, and it turns out the 79-minute indie is quite the dark and clever "grass-roots" experiment.

The entire film is displayed by way of the surveillance cameras that Doug (Colin Hanks) places around Amy (Ana Claudia Talancon), which sounds like a gimmick, sure, but it's a gimmick that works. First-time director Eric Nicholas is not interested in lurid displays or obvious chills, and his movie plays out with a lot of assured confidence. We start out just "kinda curious" about the stalker and his prey, but as the story moves on and Doug and Amy become semi-friends (as he constantly manipulates the playing field) ALONE WITH HER becomes pretty damn engrossing.

The two leads are quite good throughout, the video-cam "gimmick" evaporates as the simple-yet-fascinating story unfolds, and Nicholas is smart enough to know when to wrap things up. A solid indie chiller, and one that's already earned the Arrow seal of approval, so there's two thumbs up from the JoBlo crew.

THE EXTRAS
Writer/director Eric Nicholas provides a low-key and entirely informative audio commentary. He starts out by promising not to sound "like a pretentious asshole" and then proceeds to dole out tons of solid indie-shoot info.

Also included are a small handful of deleted scenes (with optional audio commentary), a creepy collection of "stalker facts" and some other WeinsteinCo. trailers.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A novel spin on an oft-told tale, ALONE WITH HER is a fine little indie indeed. What could have been just another gimmick flick turns out to be a pretty intense ride.
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