DVD Review: ALPHA ALERT

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ALPHA ALERT (formerly known as Event 15) was directed by Matthew Thompson and stars Jennifer MorrisonJosh Stewart and James Frain as three veterans forced to face old wounds in this suspenseful thriller. 

The movie follows these three vets who have been suffering from PTSD who get trapped in an elevator together. They’re able to communicate with someone through the elevator intercom who lets them know that there’s been a bomb attack in Washington D.C. and this sends everyone into panic mode. This isn’t exactly the kind of situation you want to leave three stressed out and shell shocked war vets in!

We watch these soldier’s mannerisms and personalities begin to morph as the stress level builds while they try and figure out what they can do to survive this deadly situation and what is exactly going on here. There’s power struggles that lead to paranoia that ends up leading to violence of the worse kind, death! All three soldiers are playing the waiting game to see what all is going on outside this claustrophobic hell that they’re trapped in and as  the suspense builds so does this deadly game of survival.

The thing about this high tension situation, besides these three already being mentally unstable is the fact that there’s something dark and sinister at play here that slowly but surely reveals itself by the  final act and let’s just say I didn’t see that coming. This entire character study focuses on these three veterans and explores what sets them off and how they react and adapt to certain situations and you know, there’s always one that comes out on top! There’s so much more going on here besides the three soldiers we’re watching in this elevator!

Okay, so I thought this story was extremely interesting and full of suspense and honestly it’s a character study (literally) from the script to the characters and how they play out on screen. All of the acting was fantastic but Jennifer Morrison and Josh Stewart stole the show with the whole good soldier, bad soldier thing and Stewart definitely comes across as a crazy not-so-good guy here while Morrison serves as more of the reserved vet with certain leadership skills even though she’s still dealing with her own trauma. Their play off of each other was one of the most interesting things about Alpha Alert. There’s a few flaws, especially with the usage of the cell phones and the texting that bothered me some and without spoiling it for you, let’s just leave it at that, you’ll see when you watch it. I was really surprised how fast-paced the entire movie was considering these three are stuck in an elevator just about the entire time of the movie but it honestly kept me interested and drawn in until the very end. The movie is a full on character study that’s full of suspense and thrills so there isn’t really any over-the-top action scenes or crazy special effects so don’t go into it expecting that.

Bottom line is, Alpha Alert was a surprisingly good watch with great characters and suspense. Be sure you check out this DVD when it releases on June 17th because it’s one that will quickly draw you in and keep you there until the very end.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: R

Subtitles: English and Spanish

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Special Features: There’s some great interviews with the director and cast that allows you to appreciate this movie even more watching them talk about it.

  • Interviews with Director Matthew Thompson and Actors Jennifer Morrison, Josh Stewart and Stephen Rider
  • Trailer Gallery
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy
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  1. bob c. says:

    Agree it is a very good movie showing you can make a good one with just 3 main actors and one small set. Subtitle on box, however, is a spoiler. Theme maybe derivative from Milligrams Obedience experiments.

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