Alice (2022) Critics and Audience Reviews

Alice (2022) Critics and Audience Reviews

Alice is a 2022 American thriller film, written and directed by Krystin Ver Linden, in her directorial debut.

It stars Keke Palmer, Sinqua Walls, Jonny Lee Miller, Common, Gaius Charles, and Alicia Witt.

Alice had its premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in January 23, 2022. 

It is scheduled to be released on March 18, 2022 by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment.

Plot: A woman is enslaved on a 19th-century plantation in Georgia. Upon her escape, she discovers that it is actually 1973.

In September 2019, it was announced Krystin Ver Linden would direct and write the film.

In June 2020, Keke Palmer, Common, Jonny Lee Miller, and Sinqua Walls joined the cast of the film, with Palmer also serving as an executive producer.

November 2020, Gaius Charles and Alicia Witt joined the cast of the film.

it had its premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2022

 Prior to, Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment acquired distribution rights to the film.

Alice (2022) Critics and Audience Reviews

Alice (2022) Critics and Audience Reviews

The Hollywood Reporter

An awkwardly structured adventure that stumbles pretty badly in what should be its most exciting scenes, Krystin Ver Linden’s Alice builds a Blaxploitation revenge fantasy out of unspecified accounts of actual Americans who remained enslaved long after the Civil War.

In a Shyamalan-like twist, the title character escapes from a remote plantation to find it’s 1973 in the rest of post-slavery Georgia, then sets out to force her exploiters violently into the future.

The queasy mix of realism and wish-fulfillment will set many viewers’ heads spinning, or at least shaking with disappointment, in this well-intentioned but unpromising debut.

Variety

Krystin Ver Linden’s “Alice” is a righteous fable about a Black woman (Keke Palmer) who escapes from an isolated Georgia plantation that’s enslaved her, her husband (Gaius Charles) and her family for generations, and discovers a wonderland just outside the property line: 1973 America, where she learns she’s been emancipated for a century. “I never told anyone they had to stay,” her Bible-thumping captor Mr. Paul (Jonny Lee Miller) sputters by way of cheap justification. “I just never told them they could go.”

First, Alice sobs; then, she’s furious. All this time — through all this suffering — freedom was just a few miles away.

The curvaceous yellow typeface of the opening titles promises that Alice will get her Blaxploitation-inspired revenge on the white family still imprisoning 11 of her loved ones.

She even watches “Coffey” for motivation, staring up at Pam Grier with the awe of seeing her inner goddess strut the earth, and somehow, within two days of her escape, finds a pair of perfectly fitting leather pants just in time for the climax.

But “Alice” is only half-throwback. The horror in Ver Linden’s tale is that Alice’s mind has been held hostage, so it seeks true liberation through books, not guns. (Okay, some guns.)

Blackgirlnerds

Writer/Director Krystin Ver Linden’s film Alice tells the story of a woman caught between two timelines in history.

The titular character Alice, played by Keke Palmer, is a slave living on a plantation being physically and sexually assaulted by her slave owner Paul (Jonny Lee Miller).

In spite of all of the horrifying trauma she’s been put through, she has a fighting spirit and wants to leave the Georgia plantation. 

When her husband is caught, tortured, and left for dead, Alice finally realizes she’s had enough.

She runs away battered, bloodied, and bruised through the neighboring woods.

Suddenly, a speeding car accelerates swiftly into frame, and Alice is perplexed by what she sees.  More

Deadline

Krystin Ver Linden’s debut movie Alice arrives with the assurance that it is based on true events, one of those vague guarantees that lingers in the back of your mind while the movie unspools and what you think you’re watching turns out to be something very, very different.

Factuality is often a moot point in cinema—with his legendarily terrible 1957 space vampire flick Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood even tried reverse-psychology, asking viewers, “Can you prove that it didn’t happen?” But with a slick slave drama-slash-revenge thriller it immediately raises questions of taste and decency: is this really the proper vehicle for a meditation on Civil Rights? Surprisingly, Ver Linden’s film walks that tightrope very well. There are wobbles for sure, but the commitment from her cast keep its intentions pure even when the storytelling falters, which is often. More

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Up until the 1960s, Black folks, tricked by sinister white folks, were entrapped into servitude because of debts that they owed.

Southern whites took advantage of the climate of racism that dominated the area, and the inherent power dynamics such a system provided, to maintain a form of slavery over a century after its formal abolishment.

Alice,” the stylish, though dull, debut from Krystin Ver Linden, uses those real-life tales as a jumping off point for the director’s own Blaxploitation adventure.  More

The Wrap

The opening title card of writer-director Krystin Ver Linden’s feature film debut “Alice” says, “Inspired by true events,” and it could be argued that these words are more than metaphorically true, even if you don’t know the concept of the film beforehand.

Keke Palmer plays the title heroine, a woman enslaved on a 19th century Georgia plantation overseen by the viciously cruel Paul (Jonny Lee Miller).

The first shot of the film sees her running for her life until she gets to a clearing, at which point her face opens up in shock and dismay, and she cries, “No!” More


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