I Think We’re Alone Now

Year: 2018
Studio: Automatik Entertainment
Director: Reed Morano
Writer: Mike Makowsky
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Paul Giamatti, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Though it's very well made, every element of this movie is something you've seen somewhere before (and usually better).

There's the post apocalyptic world where most of the people are dead from some cause that's never or barely mentioned, it's been a few months or years and a person or group has established a survival regime that works and provides as close to an enjoyable life as they're ever likely to get.

There's the loner who has to learn to love again. In this case it's Del (Peter Dinklage) a former librarian who lives in the library, eats his dinner with a glass of wine in peace, tends his books and systematically goes from house to house in his small town scavenging for supplies and respectfully burying the bodies he finds.

In other words, his life is ripe for upheaval thanks to someone who represents his polar opposite, and it comes in the shape of Grace (Elle Fanning), who he finds hurt in a crashed car, a shock because he hasn't seen other people for ages – he had idea anyone in the world was even still alive.

He tends Grace's wounds tentatively and locks her in a bedroom to recuperate, intending to make her leave when she's able and go her own way.

But Grace is a people person, inviting herself to stay, muscling in on Del's territory and routines, trying to make friends with him, bringing a mangy dog into their now-shared home and making a pain of herself. But despite himself, Del begins to appreciate her presence, haltingly agreeing she can stay and promising to teach her his survival tricks.

The third act twist comes when two people (Paul Giamatti and Charlotte Gainsbourg) claiming to be Grace's parents show up, urging the duo to accompany them back to California where there's a community of thousands of survivors. There's something off about them Del can't put his finger on, but they convince Grace to go with them and he finds himself now lonely and missing her.

But the guy gave Del an address in case he changes his mind, so he goes off in search of his new friend.

I won't reveal what he finds there, but there's a very weird Stepford Wives-type situation going on that's disquieting in itself but comes a little bit too far out of left field for the movie it's in. Even then there's no real drama in it – a single gunshot puts it all to bed and Grace and Del go off in search of whatever new life they decide to make together.

There are some interesting ideas but everything about it's just a bit too soft-footed, none of it making enough narrative impact. Considering the character and world building motifs are stuff we've seen hundreds of times before, it needed something extra to stand out.

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