Stalked is a film with a lot of ideas and loads of potential, but unfortunately falls short and ends up feeling bland and generic.
The direction in Stalked is almost nonexistent. If this film had any sort of personality outside of the screenplay and performances it could have made up for a lot, but it just makes the film feel a bit boring. There’s so many moments in the film that are supposed to have you on the edge of your seat but there's absolutely no attempt to build tension, therefore it just leaves you feeling unsatisfied.
Sam, a new single mother and former marine commando, is kidnapped and trapped by a serial killer and is challenged in a game of cat and mouse to get back to her baby. This film tries to tackle a lot and doesn’t really succeed in any of its attempts. I do commend them for at least trying to have a message though. The film is mainly striving for women’s empowerment, and it’s tackled in the most generic way possible. Putting men down to make women look better is a lazy attempt at feminism and surely isn’t adding anything new to the movement.
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The performances are the highlight of the film for me. Rebecca Rodgers gives a great physical and emotional performance. She really sells the action and truly does her best with the incredibly laughable dialogue she is given. The dialogue seemed like someone watched the Taken films and rewrote them but with less self awareness. The characters are also very much ‘action/thriller’ stereotypes. There’s nothing compelling or interesting about a female badass because we’ve seen it a million times.
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The score falls into the same category of leaving a lot to be desired. A great score can lend a lot into filling scenes with tension, but the music just fades into the back of almost every scene and has no real presence.
There are plenty of small budget films that look absolutely incredible and don’t feel inherently cheap, but that’s exactly what this film feels like. Every room is big, empty, and grey. It’s to the point where it’s hard to distinguish if we’ve moved locations or not because of how similar everything looks.
I was incredibly let down with this film. There’s definitely a good film trapped somewhere in this mediocre one. I wish that the film could have lived up to its own expectations and felt a little more refined. If you are looking for Taken with a smaller budget, this is perfect, but other than that, I’d skip it.