Blu-ray Review: NO ALTERNATIVE

NO ALTERNATIVE was directed by William Dickerson that’s based on his book of the same name and stars stars Harry Hamlin, Kathryn Erbe, Chloe Levine, Aria Shahghasemi, Matthew Van Oss, Eli Bridges and Logan Georges, along with up-and-comers Michaela Cavazos and Conor Proft.

There was The Lost Generation, there was The Beat Generation, and in the ‘90s The Suicide Generation. Thomas Harrison (Conor Proft) is determined to start his own grunge band, an obsession that blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse, or eruption of musical genius, of his younger sister, Bridget (Michaela Cavazos). Bridget boldly rejects her brother’s music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of a gangsta’ rapper named “Bri Da B.”

No Alternative centers around Thomas who appears to be the close to perfect son who’s doing well in high school plus he’s in a rock band with his best friends. They decide to try to write a hit song and enter the local Battle of the Bands that’s offering the winner a recording contract. He also meets Jackie (Chloë Levine), a girl from high school who plays “good girl” in front of her parents but every chance she gets, she lives life on the wild side, and then some. He finds out the hard way just how wild this girl really is. Thomas also has plans to go to college but he gets some bad news that he keeps from his parents until he figures out a way to deliver the message to them.

There’s also Thomas’ younger sister Bridget who’s withdrawn from society and she’s dealing with anger issues and depression. Her parents have tried to help her and the doctor’s have overmedicated her into a numb mess. Bridget finds this one escape from reality and it’s with her Casio keyboard where she unleashes her worldy frustrations through music. The two kids have caring parents but sometimes that’s not enough because the stress of acting proper and getting the good grades can be overwhelming and that’s exactly what happens here. Not everything is as it seems when it comes to Thomas and Bridget and unfortunately tragedy strikes this family and changes it forever. The thing is, a sign of hope is born out of this heartbreaking event.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, No Alternative ended up being an extremely entertaining watch that plays like a day in the life of and coming of age drama that focuses on the 90’s Suicide Generation. It’s set during the end of the grunge era that heavily influences this rock band but there’s also has a hint of hip hop rock (alternative) to it. I really liked the story because I can relate to it as many of you can because it addresses mental health, suicide, drug use and gun control but it also shows the impact that music can have on life’s struggles. So many of us have either known someone who dealt with one of these issues or we’ve personally gone through it. The movie features a heartbreaking tragedy but it also has this powerful message of hope and redemption that’s born out of this shocking event and at the heart of it all is the music. William Dickerson did a great job bringing this amazing story to life on screen that’s driven by strong performances by Conor Proft and Michaela Cavazos who’s the driving force of the movie. No Alternative is now available on Blu-ray and is a must watch. #NoAltFilm

Distributor: Gravitas Ventures

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The only Blu-ray extra is the official trailer. (02:22)

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