I first came across this child abduction video about three years ago and I have to say I pretty much enjoyed it from start to finish. At the time it was a brand new release and the online critics hadn’t yet got their greasy hands on it.
I revisited the film this week for the purposes of this film review but I was pretty shocked by some of the treatment it had received off online movie critics ( I use that term as loosely as possible! ).
Sure, it had plenty of holes in it but it was original and quite fast paced – I thought it stood out from the crowd without really trying.
But it seems like I’m the ONLY one who felt this way – then again, I’ve always been a little different!
Lets take a closer look at Amber Alert…
So, the film takes place on October 4, 2009 when two best friends ( Nathan “Nate” Riley and Samantha “Sam” Green ) are on a road trip to somewhere called Camelback Mountain in Phoenix ( somewhere in America – check Google Earth or something! ).
They are travelling to this location to finish off shooting a bit of footage for a reality show they are trying to get on.
They have Sam’s younger brother in the back seat of the car ( Caleb ) and he is the one who is in possession of the camcorder.
Halfway through the journey they notice an Amber Alert for a Honda car and Nate claims to have spotted this car, They phone the pigs, sorry police, but they are informed that it will take at least 15 minutes for them to get to their destination.
The three youngsters decide to follow the car instead…
The Child Abduction Video
The film’s premise is immediately engaging and it does a good job of keeping the thrills in tact throughout the duration of the story.
I think they played the ‘originality card’ really well here and knew they were onto a winner from the start. The whole idea of child abduction is creepy enough even before you add the Found Footage element to it.
The only problem I experienced with this style of thrill ride was the fact the plot was pretty much laid out in front of me from a very early point. There was no real room for any twists and turns in the action.
But the realism of the scenario made this film a quite enjoyable experience from my point of view – it gave out a unique Found Footage perspective ( no pun intended! ).
Yeah it’s got plenty of holes and yeah many of the character decisions are pretty idiotic – but it works!
The plot is very much a ‘one trick pony’ but it manages to keep the viewer enthralled from start to finish ( well it did for me anyway! ).
The biggest downside to the film had to be the initial bickering between the Nate and Sam characters. They were at each other’s throats for long periods after the suspect car was first spotted and this did get a little draining on the ears.
But overall I enjoyed it – not a classic by and stretch of the imagination but totally original and unique.
Well worth an hour and twenty minutes of your time ( if you like Found Footage! ).