ELSEWHERE (2009)

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 24, 2013

As dismal as this film looks and sounds on the outside, “Elsewhere” really rises above its straight-to-DVD packaging and delivers a somewhat provocative and engaging thriller. Led by the gorgeous Anna Kendrick, her command of the character Sarah comes off like the turn Kristen Bell gives as Veronica Mars, using the assets around her to figure out the case, including a classmate named Jasper, played wonderfully by unknown Chuck Carter. The biggest flaw within the film is the dated nature of the material. For a film that came out in 2009, “Elsewhere” plays out like a thriller in the dawn of the internet in the ’90s. Treating a website like MySpace as if it were a new idea, the film and its characters are portrayed as having little knowledge of how they work or that they exist, even though MySpace was launched six years before the release of this film. Along with that, the mysterious abductor is telegraphed far before the climax of the film, despite director Nathan Hope’s best attempts at covering it up once its been revealed. However, mixing in creeps throughout the film helps to divert the viewers’ attention without much harm to the overall arc. Kendrick is an astounding actress and proves that she can keep a film afloat no matter how bottom barrel it may seem.

RELEASE DATE
January 15, 2009

DIRECTOR
Nathan Hope

WRITTEN BY
Nathan Hope
Jess Penner

STUDIO
Koch Entertainment

R
(for language, sexual content, violence/disturbing images, and some drug and alcohol use by teens)

CRIME
DRAMA
THRILLER

106 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Michael Karasick

COMPOSER
Bernie Larsen

EDITOR
Greg Tillman

CAST
Anna Kendrick
Paul Wesley
Tania Raymonde
Olivia Dawn York
Jeff Daniel Phillips
Kinna McInroe

PRODUCED BY
Elaine Ehrlich
Vince Palomino
Teresa Zales

BUDGET
$500,000

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