Directed by Kerry Bellessa
Written by Kerry Bellessa & Joshua Oram
Starring Summer Bellessa, Chris Hill, &
Running time 81 minutes
Ok so I admit I was a bit hesitant about even watching this one, so I've been putting it off for awhile. I'm a mom with two beautiful lil monsters so stories like this one can hit a bit close to home, reminding us that the scariest monster of all is man. I don't think there is a parent out that that jumps to these movies,the story is all too familiar, and thus hard to not get overly emotionally involved, which tends to take the movie out of the fun spectrum. Looking for a new title the other night I passed this one yet again, the monsters were sleeping so this mom decided it was time to pull up her big girl panties and jump in.
Amber Alert is yet another of the "found footage" genre of horror/thriller films, given the subject matter it doesn't seem like a horrible choice. The premise of the story is a couple of friends are out whooping it up trying for one last big adventure. Samantha (played by Summer) and her best friend Nathan (played by Chris) are driving around with Caleb (Samantha's younger brother) filming their antics every step of the way for an audition tape for some sort of Adventure Race type reality show. As our team of hopeful adventurers make their way down the highway they notice that an amber alert is active in the area, and of course quickly see a car that fits the description and license plate number. Our intrepid would be hero's call the police who tell them it will take at least 15 minutes to get to the area, so they decide to follow the car from a distance until the police show, unfortunately they don't show... which brings us to the tag line of the whole film... You Are Her Last Hope...
The premise for this movie is fantastic. It has so much potential for jump out of your seat tension and real life creepiness given that we all see these types of real life stories way too often. The story makes sense, its believable as a scenario, and even the found footage style seems like it should work well within this type of dynamic. Unfortunately that just isn't the way it turns out. I was really disappointed by this one. Samantha and Nathans likable dynamic goes right out the window as soon as Nathan starts whining about not wanting to help, Samantha quickly becomes grating in her tactics to force the him to help, which made me want to tune out rather fast. The movie regains some footing here and there, segments that begin to pull you back into the moment of the film, but they didn't last long enough to fully engage me again, leaving me only half invested at best in the drama and tension of the story. The final 30 minutes or so they try to amp the tension back up, and are somewhat successful but they don't push the envelope. For a film that was fought with so much potential and a story-line that could have been so visually and emotionally dramatic I felt like they offered us a very diluted version of what could have been.
However as always folks personal taste is just that its personal. I know some are real fans of the movie, and thought it was very taut emotionally, so check it out for yourself and then tell us what you thought of it!