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Alpha Alert (2013 aka Event 15/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Film: C+

A terrorist attack leaves 3 soldiers stuck in an elevator together. As they soon realize there is no one coming to save them they must rely on their training to save themselves, but as their efforts one by one fail, the tension rises and so does the stress levels, soon they take their toll and there is a break down of leadership and command. Will they be able to escape, much less find out what is happening to them?

In Matthew Thompson's new stuck-in-a movie Alpha Alert (2013), the three stuck veteran soldiers also have post-traumatic stress disorder in said elevator with no communication to the outside world, what they don't know is they are in an experiment funded the government to test drugs to suppress PTSD. With the combination of already traumatized soldiers, racism and sexism, surrounded by failures send the soldiers off the deep end and cause psychotic breakdown, and turns one of them into a murdering psychopath.

This is one of those films that was shot almost entirely in a elevator and you spent most of the film in there with the characters, the drama and their flashbacks, but it comes off as low budget movie when you shoot a movie like that. There are those who believe in order to save the majority they must first kill a few. Those in command are above the law and that a few must be sacrificed for the 'greater good'. Under the guise to chemically altering a soldier's mind to prevent PTSD and suicide rates in order to save government money and troops, they conduct highly illegal experiments that violate the human rights act, but in end what is the real truth about signing on to be soldier... legalized murders and murderers for the government?

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is soft and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is too weak for the repetitive nature of the production. Extras include Digital Copy, interviews with director & cast, and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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