Jacob Fitts is the host of a popular wilderness survival television program called, I Am Alone. Jacob shoots his own endurance video from each remote location while the rest of the crew interviews local people in the area. While isolated in the Colorado Rockies, Jacob is unaware of an unknown zombie virus spreading in the region. Jacob’s producer and photographer, Mason and Adam begin a desperate search for him as the outbreak spreads. They will all need to use their own survival skills and fight the infected to save themselves.
I Am Alone is a refreshing take on the zombie genre. It seems to ask whether the survival expert trapped in the mountains may be safer than the people in the nearest town.
The acting is solid and the dialogue is generally realistic for the situation, although some reactions seem a little out of place. Early in the outbreak, some people are completely oblivious while others in close proximity to them are in a state of shear panic. Then again, who knows how people would react in real life?
The story is told from a point near the end, mostly with with tapes from the show. The found-footage is combined with surveillance video and an occasional third person narrative. One of the better aspects of the found-footage technique in this film is a relatively steady camera in spite of a character’s sudden movement.
Big-budget special effects are typically not a staple of independent horror films and this is no exception. There is not a lot of gore in I am Alone; nothing over the top or extreme. The zombies are standard, slow-moving but dangerous flesh eaters. Oddly, almost all of them seem to walk with the same limp.
Hardcore zombie fans may be a bit critical of a few details but overall, the film is a well-paced, interesting story with some beautiful scenery. I Am Alone breathes some much-needed new life into the undead genre.
Appropriate gore 8
Production Value 8
Final Cut Score. (84%)