A night of partying ends with Alyce's friend falling down a building and Alyce becoming addicted to drugs to deal with things. But the drugs aren't just serving as a release, but also as a trigger of her own psychological issues that are coming to the surface.
Quite frankly, I wasn't happy when this arrived for reviewing. I had seen it on the Njutafilms website and I just thought that it would be a stinker. But now I have to thank Njutafilms for sending this as I ended up really enjoying it from start to finish. It's a film that could've been just another Alice in Wonderland-inspired film, doing the same things we're used to by now (always trying to go too far, and be too trippy). Perhaps my low expectations made this a more enjoyable watch, or maybe it was simply because I liked the turns it took. It doesn't really change facts either way!
The film is about Alyce, a woman who likes her friend Carroll a bit too much and is about to enjoy a night out with her. Alyce and her friend have been spending time apart for a while because Alyce went into a weird phase where she started immitating her friend. This drew them apart, but now they're back together. But things take a strange turn when Carroll finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her, and the two friends go out to score ecstasy. Later that night her friend falls from a rooftop, and Alyce descend into a world of drugs, confusion and... fucking craziness!
What I really liked was that for the most part it's a slow thriller with some horror touches (such as hallucinations). It feels much more like a dark thriller about a mentally unstable woman than a horror based on Alice in Wonderland. What's even better is that the movie is slowly transforming into a pitch-black, humorous and very twisted serial killer flick. The transformation from a rather dark and serious thriller, to almost a comedy was actually really well-done and ultimately what made the last part of the film work. As I said earlier, I was happy this wasn't an Alice film that went too far, but truth be told - the end does go a bit over-the-top. Luckily it worked, as it could've crushed the movie otherwise.
Now, I won't say that it's a great film. I really had a lot of fun with it, and it's a good flick, but probably not great. There are weaknesses that drags it down. I do however think it's one of the more entertaining newer flicks I've seen in a while. I think it fits my personality really well between being dark, strange and perverse, but towards the end becoming more humorous, twisted and gory. And of course I think it had rather good acting, especially from Jade Dornfeld (Alyce) and Eddie Rouse (her drug dealer). Splendid!
I think "Alyce" wants to be more of an Alice adaption than it really is, and the people behind it worked hard to get a few nudges in there. Obvious stuff like the names: Alyce and Carroll Lewis (really? I think giving her the last name was too much). But also things like the make-up on Carroll's face when she's in the hospital, injured. Both me and my girlfriend got a kick out of it looking like a bunny.. sorta. Which also makes it more clear which character Carroll could've been based on (also the fact that she "brought her down the hole"/opened her eyes to drugs). You can find several references and similarities between the two, but you never know for sure if it's you thinking too much or not. It's an aspect of the film that was entertaining, but doesn't need to be focused on heavily because it's never brought entirely to the surface.
"Alyce" is a flawed movie, but the flaws are very easy to forgive and I think in the end it's just a damn fun ride. It packs plenty that I think our readers would enjoy such as chopping up bodies, odd sexual scenes, inappropriate jokes.. You know you like it. I didn't expect this from the director of "Zombie Strippers!" (which I will never see because I'm tired of these novelty movies with silly concepts and titles that are just dying for attention) but I am glad I got to see it. I seem to be a minority with the opinion if you go by IMDb, but I really think this was a pleasure to watch. Just don't expect a fantastic, thought-out movie. It's just a strange, crazy and entertaining movie.