“What’s the gun for?” “In case they resurrect.” “Yeah that’s not gonna happen.” Someone had to say it. Thanks Del.


Directed by: Reed Morano

Written by: Mike Makowsky

Featuring: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Paul Giamatti

Del is on his own in his hometown. Everyone is dead due to an instant cataclysmic event which killed people where they were, all except Del. Now he fills his days methodically clearing out each and every house in the town of useful items, burying any bodies he finds and returning any borrowed library books to the town library where he worked before and lives now. When he takes time off, he fishes on a nearby beautiful lake and reads. For Del, who has dwarfism, this is not such a lonely life as it would seem. One day he hears fireworks being let off and hears a crash, investigating he discovers Grace unconscious at the wheel of a crashed car. Del is no longer alone and as his world has now expanded by one means everything changes.

This is an unusual film which is basically a two-hander, the two ‘hands’ being Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning both made for their respective roles. It is great casting and nothing about the two actors says they are not what you see on the screen.

Someone surviving an apocalyptic event on their own is not unusual especially over the last decided, someone doing so and finding someone else who turns their world upside equally is not that unusual, so you better have two things, a strong story and a strong cast.

Certainly, for the first two acts the film plays the two opposites in the world of the dead perfectly. When we join Del for the first 15 minutes or more of the run time he does not talk, why would he, we are just shown his routine and, in this solitude, he seems happy. When get to meet Grace, as Del does, she does not stop talking, this makes sense, our solitude and our silence is broken with Del’s. It is the strength of the acting and script that both characters, who could easily be dislikeable, seem natural and you cannot help warming to them. One line sums up their relationship perfectly.

“You had no one. I had everyone.” Superb.

The conflict so beloved by writers is there and drives the story forward albeit at a sluggish pace but the final third jars with the first two, okay we get two more superb actors Charlotte Gainsbourg and Paul Giamatti, I mean who does not love Giamatti in anything, but without ruining the story it jars in A specific way with what has gone on before and although we are well into our road trip in ‘suspension of disbelief land’ this still seems to introduce a rainbow hued unicorn that was not there before. Perhaps the denouement could have stayed the same but maybe have been handled better but it definitely feels like going over a large speed bump in the road you were not expecting. What was it? You will have to watch the film and see for yourself.

Mainly ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ is a good film, the pace is sluggish and nothing hugely dramatic happens for most of its running time. If you are looking for the end of the world with burning buildings, hordes of murderous gangs and death and mayhem, well it is just not there. This world dies with a soft whimper and the film could be said to be a soft whimper. The location and cinematography are particularly good, and end of the world look is realised very well. The acting is exemplary, the package is good but the bow the ties it up is a bit odd.

The chemistry between the two leads is there for all to see, the acting is as you would expect both to produce, and this middle section in particular is the strong central pillar that holds the lot together. As s statement on loneliness and isolation it is pretty much spot on.

The final third could have been better, so much better, at least it has Gainsbourg and Giamatti it.

I Think We’re Alone Now a post-apocalyptic tale that I did get eye-rollingly bored with and despite its obvious short-comings I would recommend it. There are no zombies and no Tiffanies, or no zombie-Tiffanies in this film.

My usual warning for anyone thinking of watching, this is a slow burn and has realistic levels of violence in it (none) so if you are into the exploding helicopters and muscled wise-cracking heroes, well there are plenty of films out there for you.

Peter Dinklage is always worth watching. Elle Fanning is always worth watching. Therefore ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ is worth a gander would you not say?

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