Alone, I Am: A Refreshing Take on Found-Footage and Zombies
Director: Robert A. Palmer
Writer(s): Robert A. Palmer, Michael A. Weiss
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 1 hr 28 min
Jacob Fitts television host and survivalist, with his crew Producer Adam Levine and Cameraman Mason Riley set out to shoot another episode of their popular reality show, I Am Alone. Episode 113 takes us deep into the Colorado Rockies where Jacob will be left alone for 7 days while his team sets off into town to capture footage and shoot interviews.
Within hours a viral outbreak spreads rapidly across the globe. Unaware of this outbreak Jacob who’s isolated continues to shoot his Tv Show. As day one comes to a close Jacob is attacked and bitten by an infected person. As the virus spreads through the town Mason and Adam have to fight the infected to save their own lives.
With the CDC monitoring the outbreak they pick up Mason and all his footage and bring him back to base for questioning. Reviewing Mason’s footage the CDC tries to piece together why the virus has taken longer to fully take control of Jacob. The CDC forces Mason to relive the events of the previous days through his.
I Am Alone Overview
I Am Alone released on September 12, 2015, and aired on Hulu on September 26, 2017. The Drama, Horror, Fantasy is directed by Robert A. Palmer. Co-Written by Michael A. Weiss. Produced by Abstract Forces and distributed by Random Media.
Gareth David-Lloyd……Jacob Fitts
Katy Bodenhamer……Alexa Fitts
Gunner Wright……Mason Riley
Marshal Hilton……Dr. Marlow
A reality show crew sets up in the woods to shoot for their next episode where star Jacob Fitts sets out on an expenditure in nature for 7 days. While on his journey, Mason Riley and Adam Levine proceed into town to interview passersby and bystanders. Meanwhile, Jacob runs into trouble when he encounters people who have become infected. Now, with his own infection at bay, his days become numbered.
I Am Alone uses part Found-Footage and part traditional cinematography style. The Found-Footage aspect is refreshing from many other productions that use this medium. They have brought in Mason for questioning about what happened during their expenditure. He’s forced to review found footage that may answer questions to what happened to Jacob. Meanwhile, the city is under attack by the walking dead creatures.
The story plays out great as we follow Jacob and witness the nightmare that unfolds around him and his own slow progression following infection. We get one of the most in-depth, intense transformations I have seen in a zombie film. The audience connects with Jacob on a deep emotional level.
The tone of this film is personal and intimate. The camera angles are subject-focused, making this production one of the most emotional of its theme. What’s also interesting is the zombies, which appear to still be semi-human. This is observing of their demeanor; like their conscience is still intact despite their state.
I Am Alone is an intense Found Footage film that’s filled with Drama and Suspense. Most zombie films trying to influence the audience with high violence and gore. Robert A. Palmer digs deeper into the psyche with a more intimate and emotional story.