Alyce Kills (2011) Movie Review
Released : May 24th, 2013
Reviewed : Feb.9th, 2014
Genre : Horror
Film Length : 90 Minutes
Alyce Kills is a film with a good premise that just ends up being too slow for it’s own good.
The story follows socially disturbed Alyce (Jade Dornfeld) who after getting back with a friend and having a fun night out on the town accidentally pushes her friend off the top of her buildings roof. After feeling the guilt of what she has done she slowly begins going insane. Trying to continue going through her single life with a dead end job her mind just continues going down. Soon she starts killing everyone that has wronged her in a path of trying to enlighten herself to make her mistake seem valid.
You can almost classify the film into three different sections all with different genres. We go from thriller, to drama, finally ending it with horror. Unfortunately only one of those genres do the movie any justice. The beginning and middle of the film while setting up the final act and showcasing Alyce’s declining mental state suffers from being slow. The dialog is too often boring and lifeless. To help with the dialog they added many dark scenes during the middle of the movie with dark close ups on characters faces almost to illustrate the darkness and despair some are going through.
Other than Alyce (Jade Dornfeld) you won’t find any other interesting or memorable characters. Jade Dornfeld does a rather good job portraying a insane person who is trying to make a bad situation seem okay in her head. Most other characters though can be classified under generic categories. You have the party girl best friend, cheater boyfriend, ex best friend, drug dealer, etc.
Thankfully the final act is the saving grace. The movie suddenly gets extremely violent. While it does go from 0 to 100 the graphic violence works and makes the rest of the movie feel like a build up to what people actually want to see. While the violence also feels comical because of how bad the dialog gets when it occurs it still is nice to see none the less.
Overall while the premise had potential if done better sadly the violence cannot save the drag that the first 3/4ths of the film is. Having bland characters and horrible dialog doesn’t help either. There are so many movies with similar plots that do this better that you can check out. I just can’t recommend this too much.