Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Anna Kendrick, Paul Wesley, Jeff Phillips, Shannon Holt, Tania Raymonde
Director: Nathan Hope
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Every town has its secrets... — In the small town of Goshen, Indiana, teenage girls are mysteriously disappearing and no one seems to care. After revealing to her best friend Sarah (Anna Kendrick, Twilight) that she has bee... more »
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Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 1/16/2011...
ELSEWHERE is the story of a little girl lost. Several of them, actually. Girls that no one ever misses or if they do, consider it a blessing that they're gone.
How often does this really happen? There are always (unfortunately)fliers on windows and poles for missing children, but what about the unknown ones who have lost their way, never to find the love they were so desperately seeking?
ELSEWHERE tells us about one such girl, Jillian and her loyal best friend, Sarah. She smokes too much, dresses too provocatively, and is considered by all who know her, a bad seed. Even her best friend is shocked when Jillian reveals her alter identity as Dirtygurl, a cyberslut flirts and teases men online with barely there photos of her body.
Then Jillian goes missing and no one seems to care...except Sarah.
Vampire fans rejoice for Anna Kendrick of TWILIGHT and Paul Wesley (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) lock in good, solid performances.
ELSEWHERE is gripping, taut and very thought provoking.
Would anyone miss us if we lost our way?
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A Tense, Suspenseful Missing-Person Drama
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 07/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Elsewhere" focuses on long-time best friends Sarah (Anna Kendrick) and Jillian (Tania Raymonde). Though both grew up in the same small Indiana town, the two girls are total opposites. Sarah is a topnotch student and athlete, while Jillian is an underachieving troublemaker. Both girls want desperately to break free from boring small-town life, but Sarah is shocked to discover that Jillian has started meeting anonymous men through the Internet in order to find someone who will show her some excitement. Soon after this revelation, Jillian disappears, leaving behind only her journal and a video message sent from her cell phone. Determined to find her friend, Sarah enlists the aid of Jasper (Jon Gries), resident computer genius, who secretly has a crush on her. Their search, however, leads them to discover why no one wants Jillian found.
"Elsewhere" has elements of assorted thrillers in which innocents get involved in circumstances way above their heads. As the film progresses, suspense heightens and there are a few good scare moments. Ms. Kendrick does a competent job. You believe her as bright, level-headed, and thoughtful, and she does convey that all-important thriller movie ingredient -- escalating fear. Bonus features include deleted scenes, photo gallery, director and producer audio commentary, and a making-of featurette."
It's entertaining, but also cliche-ridden
z hayes | TX | 06/10/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Don't get me wrong, I actually liked this movie though it brought nothing new to the table. The weakness of this movie lies in its resorting to the usual cliches inherent in the genre, but it's strength lies in the credible acting and the well-paced plot.
The story centers on Sarah [Anna Kendrick who played a bit role in Twilight as Bella's classmate], an average teen who works part-time in a diner. Her best friend Jillian [Tania Raymonde from Lost] is a sort of wild teen vamp who comes from a white trash background. Jillian is addicted to meeting men online with a provocative moniker "Dirtygurrl". When Jillian goes missing, Sarah tries to convince the local sleazy cop that something is wrong, all to no avail. No one seems to care about a girl that has been courting trouble for a long time, and it is left to Sarah, and her computer geek friend Jasper to figure out what really happened. Along the way, they have to deal with some teen bullies, a rather mysterious father-daughter pair, and a woman who has been tagged the town loony [her daughter disappeared years ago but she still puts up posters of the missing girl all around town], and of course exploring the world of online dating.
Compared to some rather lackluster teen offerings lately such as "Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour" and "The Haunting of Molly Hartley", this is actually a pretty decent thriller with credible acting by the leads. The one thing I didn't care for were the cliches peppered throughout the movie [such as some scenes that reminded me of earlier teen classics like "Scream" etc], and some incongruencies [finding the weeks' long missing teen's cellphone still charged???], but other than that, I would rate this movie an entertaining flick for it's genre. It had some genuine moments of suspense that had me cringing in parts. There is no nudity or gore here.
The DVD comes with extras such as movie trailer [I think this was a direct-to-DVD release], 22 mins of deleted scenes, a making-of feature, a photo gallery, and a director's commentary."
A gripping saga highly recommended for teen to adult viewers
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 10/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Teens seeking suspense and many an adult viewer looking for something different will find the movie ELSEWHERE an avid show. Sarah and Jillian have been long-time best friends although very different. Sarah is shocked to find her friend has started meeting anonymous men over the internet in search of excitement - and when Jillian vanishes, she and her friend search for their missing friend and the reason why nobody in town seems to want her found. Deleted scenes, audio commentary with the film's director and producer, and a featurette enhance a gripping saga highly recommended for teen to adult viewers."