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[Movie Review] We Die Alone (2019) ★★★★★

Elaine and Aiden talking in the thrift shop in We Die Alone 2019

We Die Alone touches upon loneliness turning it into a tragic tale of horror.


We Die Alone is a short horror film of 24 minutes but manages to tell a complete story, that is both meaningful, tragic and takes you by surprise. It’s a very rich story that focuses on the theme and topic, creating an enthralling watch. It’s very well-crafted, detailed and well-told resulting in an insightful but accessible theme study driven by the characters.

But in the end it has even more to offer with a surprising ending that is truly twisted, and delivers thoughts that will linger long afterwards. This little gem doesn’t let itself being restricted by a genre, just like the main character doesn’t or can’t conform to modern society. 

We Die Alone is available on Amazon Friday, August 21st and around Halloween on Gunpowder and Sky’s Alter. 


Plot

Aiden is a lonely and awkward guy. He lives in a cluttered apartment that has a very vintage look and he works in a thrift shop and his only meaningful connection he has is with his coworker Elaine, who’s a bit older. He tries to connect with women online but when they want to meet, he doesn’t have the nerve to actually show up. 

Aiden is looking for a real connection, but isn’t able to find it, or too afraid to respond to it, until Chelsea a new girl moves into the apartment across his. Now he has to muster the courage to ask her out, with devastating and ironic consequences.  


Why you should watch it

We Die Alone is a very well-crafted film. The story is very rich and so are the characters. Through meaningful and often insightful conversations and thoughts the lives of three characters are explored. This results in a tragic, sad, sometimes comical and awkward tale of loneliness and people who are trying to connect with someone. But in reality they are all afraid to really connect. It’s an unusual love triangle of people, that is anything but apparent, especially to those involved, who don’t fit quite into modern society. The film feels therefore modern for its overall theme and topic, but it has a very nostalgic vibe surrounding it. A vibe that is fittingly slow, creating a foreboding feeling. 

The buildup focuses mainly on Aiden’s character. He’s very intense, awkward, nice, but also frustrated and maybe a bit unintentionally creepy which is portrayed by Baker Chase Powell in a very significant way. His apartment reflects his personality in a perfect way. Just like the story and the characters, the set design is also very detailed and everything is done just right. From Aiden’s thoughts about feeling invisible, the dressed-up mannequin, even the way how he first looks through the fisheye, how he awkwardly hangs up a note and then checks if his phone is working, it’s all well-thought and adds to the overall theme of the film. 

It’s profound but never pretentious. It’s also a film that the more you think about it, the more it reveals about relationships and the film itself. It has some beautiful thoughts that will linger some time after watching the film. 

By focusing on just one theme, and only three characters, the plot itself is kept simple, which makes it all the more meaningful, tragic and shocking at the end.


My favorite part

I loved the way the film manages to capture a whole story within 24 minutes, without the theme being spelled out. Although there’s quite a lot of dialogue and internal contemplations, they are all meaningful and it often feels like you’re reading insightful literature. It really captures a lot of mixed and confusing emotions we all have, and in the process mixes the vibes of different genres. Sometimes it’s a romance, sometimes a thriller, a drama, a tragicomedy and eventually a horror. All within 24 minutes without cramming it all in together. It just fits together naturally, like life. 

I really loved some phrases like “it’s like I’m invisible in the real world, like I could collapse in the middle of the street and everyone would just walk over me.” It’s a very intense and such a tragic sentence, it’s heartbreaking and captures perfectly a feeling of loneliness and not being seen or fitting in the world. Or “It’s kinda like when your mouth wants to form the words, that a kiss would explain better.”


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

Thrill factor: ★★★☆☆

Drama factor: ★★★★★

Originality factor: ★★★★★


Cast and crew

We Die Alone is directed and written by Marc Cartwright and cowritten by Cassie Keet. It stars Baker Chase Powell (Aiden), Ashley Jones (Elaine) and Samantha Boscarino (Chelsea). 

Duration: 24 minutes. Music: David Williams. Cinematography: Gabriel Gely. Edited by: Marc Cartwright. Produced by: Marc Cartwright, Baker Chase Powell. Production companies: Glass Cabin Films.


Check the trailer below


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