In ‘Alice,’ Keke Palmer and Common star

Sundance Review: Keke Palmer & Common In ‘alice’

The assurance that Krystin Ver Linden’s debut film Alice is based on genuine events lingers in the back of your mind as the movie unfolds and what you believe you’re watching turns out to be something very, very different. In his legendarily bad 1957 space vampire film Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood even attempted reverse psychology, asking audiences, “Can you prove that it didn’t happen?”

However, a polished slave drama/revenge thriller begs immediate problems of taste and decency: is this the correct medium for a Civil Rights meditation? Surprisingly, Ver Linden’s picture does a fantastic job at walking that fine line. There are flaws, but her cast’s dedication keeps her intentions pure even when the plot falters, which happens frequently.

There’s no way to talk about Alice without exposing the film’s huge twist, which is openly mentioned in promotional materials but occurs 37 minutes into the film. Until then, Alice is a privileged slave on a remote estate commanded by the brutal Paul Bennet with an iron rod (a good, grizzled performance from Jonny Lee Miller).

Alice (Keke Palmer) is settling into married life at the start of the film, dreaming of the life that must be out there someplace. She witnesses the brutalization of her family and friends, and she falls into her master’s bad graces, resulting in her being tied up, beaten, and chained up on the mansion’s lawn overnight. Alice assaults Paul after being released, blinds him in one eye, and flees.

Alice emerges blinking into the sunny glare of a Georgia motorway after a dramatic flight through the woods, where she meets Frank (played by Common), who nearly runs her over when she faints in front of his truck. Frank takes Alice to the hospital, presuming she has a concussion, but when the authorities try to have Alice committed to a psychiatric facility for a mental evaluation, Frank returns and sneaks her out (“That’s where they take you and drill your brains out,” he wisely warns).

Alice discovers the year is 1973, that slavery has been abolished, and that her antagonist Bennet’s sister is listed in the phone book in Frank’s apartment. With sleek clothing and a large, defiant Afro, she also begins the quick but stylish transformation into an avenging angel.

The transition from a fictitious past to a stylized present is effectively handled, but time drags as Alice adjusts to the 1970s, learning about zip fasteners, Sanford and Son, and Pam Grier (“The Baddest Chick Around,” according to Jet magazine), as it always does in these fish-out-of-water scenarios.

Frank puts on the second side of Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions,” and she’s off, cramming information from an encyclopedia about MLK, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, and others. As the film shifts gears, Alice faces an unrepentant character from her slave past in a coffee shop where everyone speaks about coffee so much that it feels like an odd, subconscious callback to Pam Grier’s 1973 vigilante picture Coffy. It’s quite ingenious if that’s the case.

What’s less brilliant is that, in the next scene, Frank takes Alice to the movies to see Coffy, and, to be honest, the picture never fully recovers from a bizarre merging of reality, fiction, and meta-fiction that even Quentin Tarantino may question.

Despite its weaknesses, Alice is consistently engaging, thanks in large part to Palmer, who carries the film with grace and simplicity in a role that could easily have been played by another actor. The same can be said of Common’s Frank, who comes with so much baggage that his overbearing, Nixon-supporting big brother is the least of his concerns.

Ironically, it’s these attempts to tame the film’s wilder B-movie elements that bring it down, and after one gets over their first apprehensions about the film’s appropriateness, it’s evident that Alice might have been a little—or maybe a lot—more out there. It’s not quite Django Unchained out there, but it’s certainly braver.

Before she embarks on her final, raging fury, Alice is warned, “Freedom is a term you will never understand in a million years.” “I am freedom,” she retorts.

132 Comments on "In ‘Alice,’ Keke Palmer and Common star"

  1. lisinopril 20 lisinopril pharmacy online

  2. zestoretic cost buy lisinopril online canada

  3. tamoxifen and osteoporosis alternative to tamoxifen

  4. nolvadex d nolvadex side effects

  5. hysterectomy after breast cancer tamoxifen tamoxifen medication

  6. indian pharmacy online – pharmacy website india

  7. top online pharmacy india – world pharmacy india

  8. canadian pharmacy india – reputable indian online pharmacy

  9. pharmacy website india – buy medicines online in india

  10. best canadian pharmacy online – canadian drug pharmacy

  11. canadian neighbor pharmacy – canadian pharmacy world

  12. best canadian pharmacy – canadian medications

  13. online canadian drugstore – canadian pharmacy prices

  14. reliable canadian pharmacy – canadian pharmacy ltd

  15. online pharmacy canada – canadian drugstore online

  16. canada drugs online review – canadianpharmacymeds

  17. canadian rx pharmacy online – online pharmacies canadian

  18. internet pharmacy – certified canadian pharmacies

  19. international pharmacies that ship to the usa – canadian trust pharmacy

  20. prescription prices – pharmacy review

  21. canadian pharmacies recommended – buying drugs canada

  22. mexican pharmacies shipping to usa – northeast discount pharmacy

  23. canadian pharmaceuticals online safe – canadian pharmacy presription and meds

  24. canadian meds without a script – canadian pharmacy online

  25. pain meds online without doctor prescription – us online pharmacy

  26. mexican pharmacy online – no prescription canadian pharmacies

  27. canadianpharmacymeds com cheapest pharmacy canada

  28. canadian pharmacy india canada drugs online reviews

  29. canadian neighbor pharmacy online pharmacy canada

  30. best rated canadian pharmacy canadian pharmacy

  31. canada drug pharmacy northwest pharmacy canada

  32. canada pharmacy world rate canadian pharmacies

  33. canadian online drugstore canadian pharmacy scam

  34. canadian pharmacies that deliver to the us buy drugs from canada

  35. mexico drug stores pharmacies mexican drugstore online

  36. best online pharmacies in mexico purple pharmacy mexico price list

  37. medication from mexico pharmacy mexican border pharmacies shipping to usa

  38. ciprofloxacin 500mg buy online buy cipro cheap

  39. cipro for sale cipro online no prescription in the usa

  40. ciprofloxacin generic antibiotics cipro

  41. buy cipro online ciprofloxacin over the counter

  42. antibiotics cipro cipro generic

  43. ciprofloxacin over the counter antibiotics cipro

  44. ciprofloxacin 500mg buy online cipro for sale

  45. buy generic ciprofloxacin cipro generic

  46. Sweetie Fox izle – Sweetie Fox filmleri

  47. Sweetie Fox filmleri – sweeti fox

  48. Sweetie Fox – Sweetie Fox modeli

  49. Sweetie Fox modeli – sweeti fox

  50. Sweetie Fox video – sweeti fox

  51. hz9952 sweetie fox – sweetie fox new

  52. MxivlI fox sweetie – sweetie fox full video

  53. 1AfRmM fox sweetie – sweetie fox new

  54. OEnkY9 sweetie fox full – sweetie fox full

  55. wZWhdH sweetie fox cosplay – sweetie fox

  56. ntBk5r sweetie fox video – sweetie fox video

  57. dB0nN6 fox sweetie – sweetie fox video

  58. E3XeGs sweetie fox video – sweetie fox new

  59. f31Azn sweetie fox cosplay – ph sweetie fox

  60. mia malkova videos: mia malkova latest

  61. mia malkova movie: mia malkova only fans

  62. mia malkova girl: mia malkova only fans

  63. mia malkova: mia malkova photos

  64. mia malkova hd: mia malkova photos

  65. mia malkova girl: mia malkova girl

  66. mia malkova latest: mia malkova hd

  67. mia malkova new video: mia malkova videos

  68. mia malkova hd: mia malkova girl

  69. mia malkova videos: mia malkova movie

  70. mia malkova new video: mia malkova photos

  71. mia malkova videos: mia malkova girl

  72. mia malkova full video: mia malkova girl

  73. aviator hilesi: aviator hilesi

  74. aviator bet malawi login – aviator bet malawi

  75. aviator betting game – aviator bet

  76. aviator bet malawi – aviator bet

  77. aviator game online – aviator bet malawi login

  78. pin-up casino aviator pin up casino

  79. pin up cassino online pin-up casino entrar

  80. pin-up casino entrar pin up bet

  81. pin-up casino pin-up casino login

  82. jogo de aposta – ganhar dinheiro jogando

  83. aviator jogo de aposta – depósito mínimo 1 real

  84. site de apostas – jogo de aposta

  85. jogo de aposta online – ganhar dinheiro jogando

  86. jogo de aposta online – aplicativo de aposta

  87. aplicativo de aposta – jogos que dão dinheiro

  88. aplicativo de aposta – melhor jogo de aposta para ganhar dinheiro

  89. gates of olympus oyna demo – gates of olympus demo türkçe oyna

  90. gates of olympus nasıl para kazanilir – gates of olympus hilesi

  91. gates of olympus taktik – pragmatic play gates of olympus

  92. gate of olympus hile – gates of olympus hilesi

  93. gates of olympus giriş – gates of olympus giriş

  94. deneme bonusu veren siteler en çok kazandiran slot siteleri

  95. en iyi slot siteleri en güvenilir slot siteleri

  96. aviator oyunu 20 tl – aviator hile

  97. aviator oyna 20 tl – aviator oyunu

  98. aviator – aviator sinyal hilesi

  99. aviator mostbet – aviator nasıl oynanır

  100. aviator nasıl oynanır – aviator hilesi

  101. reputable indian pharmacies: indian pharmacies safe world pharmacy india

  102. pharmacy website india: buy prescription drugs from india best online pharmacy india

  103. canadian pharmacy ratings: canadian pharmacy com reddit canadian pharmacy

  104. canadian pharmacy: canadian drug prices online pharmacy canada

  105. casino trực tuyến việt nam – đánh bài trực tuyến

  106. casino online uy tín – casino trực tuyến việt nam

  107. casino trực tuyến uy tín – casino online uy tín

  108. game cờ bạc online uy tín – casino trực tuyến uy tín

  109. cost generic propecia for sale get propecia tablets

  110. buying cheap propecia prices generic propecia no prescription

  111. cost propecia without a prescription buying propecia online

  112. get cheap propecia get cheap propecia without a prescription

  113. cipro generic ciprofloxacin order online

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.