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In a small town, girls are mysteriously disappearing and no one seems to care. After revealing to her best friend Sarah (Twilight’s Anna Kendrick) that she has been meeting men online, Jillian (Lost’s Tania Raymonde) goes missing. Now, the only clues to her whereabouts are her diary and a cryptic message sent from her cell phone.
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"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.
All right, what is this movie about? Well, it's about a girl, Janet, who went missing 5 years ago. And, the town never really cared it, and didn't really do or look for her. Then, later, we find that many girls went missing over the years too. Now comes Sara (Anna Kendrick) and her best friend Jillian. Jillian is one of the slutty girls that comes from a poor negligent family. Sara is one of those nice, over achiever girls that comes from a wealthy family. They both work at the same store and goes to the same school and are best friends.
Now one day, Jillian goes missing. And Sara, is the only person in the whole town that seems to care about it. She wants to find out what happened to her best friend. After some time, Sara thinks Jillian is in super trouble, because she got this weird video message and then this weird text from Jillian's phone.
Now, Sara has a friend name Jasper, and he really likes her. She needs his help because she can't do it alone. Jasper doesn't really want to help her, but does it anyways because he likes her so much. ( I think he should had man up and asks Sara for things too, if you get my drift. Wink wink.) Jasper comes in handle because he works at the school's library, and he allows Sara to use the computers there with open access because he knows the password. Sara can't use her computer at the house because her comp has tracking software on it and doesn't want her mom knowing what she has been doing.
So with Jasper help, Sara knows that Jillian uses this a unknown profile on myspace site and that Jillian uses to meet dudes. Sara log onto try Jillian's account and starts to find out information. She has to search through a sea of over 1000s of dudes, and it could be anyone. She needs to find out who is the kidnapper, or who knows anything about Jillian's where abouts.
Eventually, Sara does finds the kidnapper, but it may be too late as the kidnapper already knows who Sara is too. In fact, the kidnapper already knew what she was trying to do, while she was researching him all along. I will stop at this. If I keep on writing I will give away everything about the movie.
Now, if you want to know what I thought about the movie with spoilers, keep on reading!
Spolier section below:
I thought the movie was actually pretty good. It was better than I expected for sure. I thought it would just be one of those B movie that made no sense, and it had Anna Kendrick in it. I actually liked it though. I only didn't like some things that the movie didn't explain well. Why was Sara was getting strange dreams about that missing girl? How would it later be related to Jillian going missing too? Was Sara some how getting future visions? So, Sara has powers? Later on, I don't know why they didn't tell us what happened to the missing girls. We know they were dead, but what happened to them? Where were their bodies? Then, the movie just ends. I hate not knowing what happened. It made the movie feel so quick and bad with their quick ending and no details.
Like I said before, only watch this, if you really like Anna Kendrick!
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.
The creepiest thing about this movie is the fact that the plot is actually really believable. Teenage girls have been going missing in a small town for years, but no one is looking for them. All of the girls were poor and went a little crazy with alcohol, boys, drugs or any combination of wild behavior. Only the town drunk and crazy woman (who is the mother of one of the missing girls, but didn't notice her daughter was missing for 3 years because she was too drunk) even notices a pattern emerging. When Jillian goes missing, Sarah makes it her mission to find out what happened to her. When Jasper asks Sarah why she keeps looking, Sarah's response is pretty chilling. She says that if most of us went missing, our parents would be looking for us, our siblings would be looking, the police would be looking and more. But Sarah is the only one looking for Jillian. Jillian is one of those girls who falls through the cracks. Everyone assumes that she finally got tired of living in a small town and ran away from home. The police won't start a search without a parent requesting it, and Jillian's mom is too drugged up and messed up to even make the trip to town. Sadly, this is true in our society today. There are a lot of young girls and boys who go missing and are never really looked for or no one even notices that they are gone. This is what gave the story its chill factor for me.
So the plot is pretty believable and the details are pretty scary. Sarah's mom is involved in a big case at work and really doesn't know anything about her daughter's life. Jillian's mom doesn't care about her daughter so long as she brings home the money she earns working part time at the cafe. These girls are learning about boys, having sex, drinking at parties, and Jillian has a web page where she is known as "dirty girl" with explicit photos to match. It is really sad to see that no one cares about her and that she is allowed to run wild and do things that she probably would have regretted if she had the chance to grow old. The policeman that Sarah has interactions with is corrupt and threatens Sarah both physically and verbally if Sarah doesn't stop investigating Jillian's disappearance. The whole town doesn't even really notice and or care that Jillian is gone.
The only down side to the story is that it was pretty easy to figure out who was kidnapping and killing the girls. Since Sarah did not have any police support, though, she had to connect the dots for herself and find the proof to go along with it, which took her a while. The last 10 minutes or so were pretty creepy and intense as Sarah and Jasper confront the killer. This is a decent thriller, nothing special or noteworthy, but a good movie to watch around Halloween time or just on a night when you feel like scaring yourself a bit.