Director Tyler Savage’s Stalker is an entertaining cautionary tale about the perils of modern life. It’s part relationship dramedy and part psychological thriller that manages to comes across as a cohesive whole despite straddling these two very different genres.
Andy (Vincent Van Horn) has just arrived in Los Angeles after a heart-wrenching break-up. Andy doesn’t know anyone in the city, but things pick-up when he meets location scout, Sam (Christine Ko). However, things take a dark turn when rideshare driver Roger (Michael Lee Joplin) begins to fixate on Andy with devastating results. Roger begins to destroy Andy’s life – but will he manage to destroy his relationship with Sam?
Well acted by the central trio, Stalker works because the characters are so well drawn. They feel fully-rounded and come across as real human beings rather than fuel for the plot. The script by Tyler Savage and Dash Hawkins presents them with honest motivations – and these manage to hold-up even when things take a more far-fetched turn during the last act.
Stalker may be a low budget film, but it’s well constructed and it looks visually impressive for a movie which is essentially three characters having a series of conversations in variations locations. Savage has a keen eye for staging and he manages to wring the most out of the characters and the situations they find themselves in.
An entertaining thriller, Stalker hits all the right notes and delivers on its genre promises – and what’s not to like about that?