Elsewhere (2009)

Genre(s): Thriller
E1 Entertainment || R - 106 minutes - $24.98 || June 2, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-06-04


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Nathan Hope
Writer(s): Nathan Hope (written by)
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Jon Gries, Tania Raymonde


Theatrical Release Date: January 15, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Sarah (Anna Kendrick) and her best friend Jillian (Tania Raymonde) are best friends who work at a candy shop in town. In their area teenage girls are mysteriously vanishing, and one parent who frequents their shop is under the impression that something deadly is happening to these girls. Rumors were circulating before the last girl disappeared that she ďgot aroundĒ a lot and was a troublemaker, although no one really proved those rumors. The two donít really care about the girl missing, as they think she must have run away from this dreary town they live in. The two head down to the library after school to surf the internet, but Jillian has a surprise for Sarah.

It turns out that Jillian has a bunch of near-naked pictures of her online and has been communicating with hundreds of guys and dating them as well. Sarah thinks itís stupid (and so do I, since Jillian is way too good looking for online dating, but I digressÖ) and shrugs off the idea, but Jillian lets her know that sheís meeting some guy whoís really into her soon and hopes that she can leave this crappy town and her mother behind. She goes on the date later in the week, but Sarah doesnít hear from here again for a few days. Then one night she gets a strange video that shows sheís in trouble and has been kidnapped by the guy she was supposed to meet, and itís up to Sarah to find her. She tries everything she can to find her; even turning to the librarian to help her find her best friend, but there is more to this town than meets the eye.

In all honesty, this is one of the best horror films that Iíve come across in my past ten or so years of seeing them. This movie has everything Iíve wanted in a movie: believable characters, a gripping plot, and a hot gothic chick in it. Granted sheís only in the first twenty minutes or so, but it definitely boosted my interest having her in the movie. Good job on that one director!

The plot of the movie is believable, as more and more people are meeting others on the internet. Itís a great concept that Iím surprised took so long for a movie to get made about, and it shows people that itís not as safe as it should be, as though obviously there are a bunch of weirdoís around.

The characters are also great, as Kendrick and Raymonde are phenomenal in their respective roles. Kendrick is going to be the next big actress in Hollywood hopefully, as sheís incredibly talented and every one of her lines and her actions are honestly heart-wrenchingly amazing. Olivia York is great in her role as Darla, as she plays the creepy girl that no one talks to because of how weird she is, and her role becomes more and more important as does her character later on in the movie.

The fact that this movie is somehow probably true in some areas of town makes this even better, as though Iím sure some people can relate to the horrors that are online dating. Not in the sense that they disappear, but in the sense that itís just not safe. I applaud Hope for a film that is not only well done but also makes me want to see what he has in store for people for his next flick.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary with Nathan Hope and Vincent Palomino: This is a hilarious commentary that also points out some technical things throughout the film. The two are a great combo together, as they point out some funny things such as some of the missing posters still around in the town they shot it in. They also spend some time to compliment the cast of the film and remark how great they were. This is a fantastic audio track and I definitely recommend a listen to this after you are through with the movie.

Deleted Scenes (23 minutes): These arenít so much deleted scenes as they are alternate scenes, but none the less they are still great to watch. They give a more in-depth look at the characters, and although Iím sad a few of these didnít make it into the film, watching these makes up for it in the end.

The Road to Elsewhere (12 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the movie and their respective roles in it and also why they choose to be in it. Just like the other two features, I strongly recommend watching this one as well. Itís short and to the point, but also entertaining.

Finally, the filmís theatrical trailer and a photo gallery are available for viewing.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Needless to say from the score Iíve given, this is a great looking movie. The color palette is absolutely gorgeous for this dark horror film, and I saw no problems at all with contrast or black levels. In fact, they were perfect, which is something I rarely see in DVD films as of late. There were no issues with noise or distortion that I could find, and to be honest, there really isnít a flaw that I could find even after watching the movie twice. Major kudos go out to E1 entertainment for this amazing looking movie.

The audio scale is exactly as excellent as the video: awesome! From start to finish, the 5.1 Dolby Surround track pumps out music properly with great surround usage. The opening sequence sounds superb, as does the rest of the movie. Dialogue levels are consistent and there wasnít a time where I struggled to hear any of the characters. Dialogue itself sounded just as good as the surround usage, as it was clear and concise. I canít praise this track enough, but this is honestly how movies should be sounding in 2009 and beyond.



.::OVERALL::.

This is a freaking awesome movie; thereís no other way of putting it. Anyone even the slightest bit interested in seeing a good horror flick on a Friday night need not to go the theaters but purchase this and have a great time. I said purchase, not rent, as though Elsewhere is a film that belongs in your collection right away. It sports above-average audio and video, and tacked onto it is a great special features package. What are you waiting for? Donít go anywhere else, get this right now!