Alone With Her



IFC First Take/The Weinstein Co.

NEW YORK -- More interesting conceptually than dramatically, Eric Nicholas' thriller "Alone With Her" boasts a highly clever technological conceit, albeit one that was exploited many years ago to a lesser degree in "The Anderson Tapes." This tale of a stalker and his victim is told entirely through the point of view of the cameras he has surreptitiously placed around her apartment, resulting in an effectively chilling tale of technology-aided obsession. The film is playing exclusively at New York City's IFC Center.

The opening moments of the film clue us in as to what we're about to experience when it shows various bikini-clad nubile beauties at a beach as secretly filmed by the nebbishy Doug (Colin Hanks). It isn't long before he sets his sights on one woman in particular, the beautiful Amy (Ana Claudia Talancon), and after he breaks into her apartment and sets up his surveillance system, he is able to watch her every clothed and unclothed move.

He begins to insinuate himself into her life, using the knowledge he has gained from his voyeurism to procure her trust. It isn't long before he becomes even more interventionist, sabotaging her life in various ways so he can come to the rescue. When Amy's girlfriend (Jordana Spiro) begins to get suspicious, he takes care of the matter in a way that also is captured on tape.

For all its technological ingenuity, however, the film is ultimately a fairly routine stalker thriller that soon becomes repetitive in its contrivances. And the footage, necessarily shot on digital video, is not particularly easy to watch over the course of the film's feature-length (albeit only 79 minutes) running time.

Still, there's no denying the creepiness of its effect, and the pasty-faced Hanks, who hasn't lost all of his baby fat, is highly convincing as the high-tech stalker.