6min | Short, Mystery | 15 Sep 2013 (USA) | Short
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A
Director: Brock Torunski
Writers: Brock Torunski, Alex Vietinghoff
Stars: Alex Vietinghoff, Brock Torunski, Chelsea Veinot
IMDb summary: Alone. Alone is what this man is. Years after the world ended and the human race perished, this is the only man left standing. How did he survive? What caused the outbreak? We don’t know. No one does. This short film gives you an inside
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Alone Short Film 2013 Review
Alone is a short film that explores a post-apocalyptic world where one man is completely alone. The man narrates his way through his story from beginning to end but misses important details like what happened to the world, to the population. He talks about Zombies not being a thing, and that loneliness seems to be his only constant companion.
Okay, we get it; the dude is alone. But there’s nothing at all to suggest that he’s struggling in any other way other than he is feeling the pressure of being alone. For some, that could be a big deal. So it’s not too much of a stretch to think that our narrator and man alone in the world could be suffering from depression as well as loneliness due to his current situation. And this is emphasised in the film. Other than that, however, there is nothing else to suggest he is truly suffering; he doesn’t look exhausted; he has no injuries, and he doesn’t look like he’s starving. No indicators at all that anything else is going wrong for him at this point.
He mentions his loved ones and how listening to his partner’s recorded message is getting him through. When he ended the recorded message, the voicemail assistant mentions that the message will be saved for three days. Perhaps this is an idea of the timeline, and it hasn’t quite been a month yet. Most recorded messages left on mobile phones are saved for around 30 days. If that’s the case, it could explain why he doesn’t look fatigued or injured or mal-nourished. The emphasis weighs heavily on him being alone. And you realise why this is at the very end. The ending is the best part because it leaves you feeling a little uneasy, which is a good thing (assuming that is what the creators were aiming for).
Reading the comments for this short film, one punter addressed the camera angles used in the film and that filming things in a third-person perspective was working against the film’s theme. And you are constantly reminded that someone else is with the lonely man, so he’s not actually alone. I liked that one enough to mention it here because it’s an excellent point.
Overall, there were key elements in this short film that didn’t work for me. The narration was a nice touch, particularly when the man talks about not recognising his own voice. But he also sounds terribly bored at the same time. I am not sure if that’s just the sound of his voice or something else. The woman’s voice he listens to doesn’t sound very genuine or much of anything, really. It’s almost superficial. There is a lot to be said about the sound of a person’s voice. It can give everything away and used correctly, it could have been a powerful addition to the telling of this man’s journey.
If you want to take on Alone alone (pun intended), you can check it out right here: