Alice (2009 Miniseries)
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Abandoned by her father as a child, the independent twenty-one-year-old Alice is accustomed to men being unpredictable, but Jack Chase is something else. Just moments after surprising her with a rare family ring, heas suddenly kidnapped by two thugs and driven into darkness. It is then that Alice is confronted by a sharply dressed stranger who calls himself White Rabbit, and who promises to know more about Jack than she. Where Alice follows him is through the liquid glass of an ornate mirror. Where she lands is Wonderland, an outlandish underground city of twisted towers and parapets, staircases conceived in a Dali dream, and an otherworldly purple horizon. Soon, the wordas out that Wonderland has its most prized captive. It seems Alice has the ring that controls the looking glassathe key to the power of the Queen of Hearts. It was mad folly for her son Jack to give it to a girl he barely knew. But Jack had his reasons. Discovering them is up to Alice.
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Coming in at 3 hours, the miniseries never stops for breath and the viewer is constantly guessing where the plot will go next. If you are familiar with the original book you will notice the length to which the writers went to integrating pieces of it into the main story as well as all the background details.
The acting is excellent (and really, Kathy Bates was born to play the Queen of Hearts) and the cinematography is excellent. Andrew Lee Potts turns the classic Hatter completely on its head and presents a completely new version of the character (so much so that the new Depp version of the Hatter makes you wonder how the character can be taken in so many completely different directions).
The film also has real relevance to today's world, which is where TinMan was lacking. In TinMan, the evil wasn't overly scary or original, but in Alice the plot of the Queen is plausible and just downright creepy.
Overall a fantastic miniseries that I have been waiting to purchase for months now.
But beyond that, don't expect this SyFy miniseries to have much in common with Lewis Carroll's classic novel, "Alice in Wonderland." Instead, "Alice" is a whole different animal -- a deliciously gritty sci-fi adventure filled with action, romance, monsters psychedelic horrors, and a revolution against a drug-peddling queen. It's a little silly, but still immensely entertaining.
Alice's (Caterina Scorsone) dinner date with her boyfriend Jack (Philip Winchester) falls apart when he offers her an heirloom ring. When she chases after him, she sees him being dragged off by some suit-wearing thugs -- and promptly trips THROUGH a looking glass. Of course she ends up in Wonderland, a world of grimy urban ruins and art deco casinos. And it's ruled by the Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates), a ruthless tyrant who keeps her populace drugged with emotions from kidnapped "oysters" (ordinary humans).
Alice ends up following the eccentric Hatter (Andrew-Lee Potts), who offers to take her to the Resistance -- but when they get there, they discover that Jack's ring is actually the Stone of Wonderland (which powers the transdimensional Looking Glass). Since everybody in Wonderland wants the Stone, Hatter and Alice end up on the run from both the Resistance and the Queen's assassin Mad March. Alice is still determined to rescue Jack and return home, but she soon finds that her boyfriend isn't quite what she thought -- and that one of her loved ones is the Queen's brainwashed slave.Read more ›
An incredible original take on a beloved classic. SyFy really makes a compelling twist to a well-known story.
I had first spotted this title in our video store and was curious about it, it had seemed like bad timing with the newer Disney's Alice story arriving to stores at the same time. The store manager had recommended this movie to me, unfortunately I was unable to rent or buy it as the store chain went bankrupt. Finally one of the tv channels was viewing it on a weekend, I had caught the last half and was absolutely fascinated by it.
I am a huge sci-fi/fantasy/classic tales fan, and it was wonderful. Alice meets all the characters as in the book.
I have started searching out more of SyFy's recreations.
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I love this version of Alice in Wonderland. The actors are well chosen, the costumes are fantastic and the story is great. I watch it over and over again!Published 10 days ago by lisa josephson
A very interesting take on an old classic piece the movies little slow but overall it is a great movie and well worth the time to find it and buy it.Published 10 months ago by Douglas Logie
I love Caterina Scorsone, not to mention all well known actors as well playing different parts and it was a very entertaining twist to the Alice in Wonderland story.Published 12 months ago by Victoria Whillier
Bad acting. Not a good movie unless you like bad b movies.Published 13 months ago by Summer Havelin
I enjoyed this show on television. I was thrilled to find it on amazon.Published 19 months ago by Mary Ridder
Love this version of Alice. Characters have good chemistry, good fun, and keeps you tuned in throughout the movie. It's a different take on the story of Alice in Wonderland. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2013 by Leyna Macovichuk
This is a great take on Alice in wonderland and a great love story for today's age. definetly a modern day Alice in wonderlandPublished on Jan. 14 2013 by Basia
This is a wonderful film for any adult/teen who grew up enjoying Alice in wonderful. It Puts a new spin on the classic by turning Alice into a brunette and by incorporating... Read morePublished on July 30 2012 by Katrinka