Alone, starring Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey, is the American remake of the South Korean zombie thriller, #Alive. Like it’s predecessor, Alone creates a feeling of dread and claustrophobia as our main protagonist, Aiden, wakes up to a world overrun with cannibalistic savages wreaking havoc. He quarantines himself inside his apartment and tries to wait it out. However, when supplies run low he has to do the unthinkable and venture out into the chaos.
So the remake has the same basic beats as the original. But part of the charm with #Alive was that that film’s protagonist was a gamer and relied on his tech and social media to stay one step ahead of the zombies. Here, Aiden just kind of laments around the apartment for the first half of the film and descends into a form of madness until he meets Eva, the girl across from his apartment.
Posey does a really good job in the role of someone struggling to survive this very unique scenario problem is his character just never really seems to be as challenged as the main protagonist in #Alive.
The zombies are also a bit of a step down from the ones featured in #Alive. Whereas South Korea seems to have perfected how zombies should look and move in the 21st century, America still seems to be trying to copy Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead zombies to various levels of success. The zombies here, (who are called screamers, despite never really being called that in the film) are said to be like prisoners trapped in their bodies. They can still sense what they are doing even though their basic motor skills only allow them to hunt and kill. A unique trait in they have is they scream the last thing they said before they died. At one point you think Aiden is hallucinating when he hears a zombie reach for him and scream “help me.” This is something I would have liked to see the film play up more on in more interesting ways but this film clearly didn’t have the budget of its predecessor.
Writer Matt Naylor, who wrote the original film also wrote the script for this film. So it’s not a shot for shot remake and does some new things to change up the American version just enough.
In conclusion, Alone isn’t a bad film, it’s just not as good as the original and that’s okay. People who watch this film with never even heard of #Alive might have a different level of appreciation of it. But for this zombie, it’s a mild recommend.