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No One Lives Reviews

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Super Reviewer

January 25, 2014
Brutality doesn't always make up for lack of everything else. Bloody as hell but thats pretty much it!

Super Reviewer

September 22, 2013
Ryuhei Kitamura's No One Lives lives up to its title, but that doesn't make it a great movie.Dishing out a story that barely touches 80 minutes, No One Lives has one or two tricks up its sleeve. With that said, there isn't much else out of the ordinary thanks to the antagonists, antagonists, antagonists, and violence.The gore is extreme and is easily one of the more memorable components of this picture. There is no shortage of it either, especially with the number of characters looking to take a slaughter.Luke Evans has quite the character, thus leading to another of the film's highlights. Adelaide Clemens has a moment or two. The rest of the cast turn in some predictable supporting characters.While No One Lives isn't completely full of flaws, it's still a passable film.
Al S

Super Reviewer

May 28, 2013
A bloody as hell and high-octane grand-house horror movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat with its blood-bursting thrills, terrifying thrills, twisted suspense and Luke Evans brilliant and sadistic performance, which truly makes this film worth watching. It does not hold back on the gore or chaos and just makes for pure unashamed horror film fun. Anyone who enjoys the old-school slasher flicks on the 70's and 80's will get a real kick out of this film. A bone-chilling and wickedly cool thrill-ride

Super Reviewer

June 20, 2013
four stars...
Liam G

Super Reviewer

June 14, 2013
Emily A

Super Reviewer

September 11, 2012
This one is special. As horror movies go, this one's got it all: great gore effects, a real curveball of a story and a wonderfully evil villain. He is the Man Death; he brings violence, butchery and pain to everything he touches, everywhere he goes and all those he meets. But I defy you to spot him at the beginning of the film.

The less I tell you about this film, the better. It starts with a couple in a car, having a series of rather frosty exchanges. The longer you watch, the clearer it becomes that the nature of thier relationship is more complex than meets the eye. Meanwhile, a small-time gang of murdering, burgling lowlives is coming off a botched job. And then they cross paths. And then a female survivor of a college-co-ed-massacre turns up again, and she knows, before anyone else does, who the greater evil is; who to really be afraid of. The Man Death is like a slightly warmer version of Anton Chighur from No Country; a truly fascinating character, but to tell you why would ruin some of the pleasure of this movie. See it. Even if not no other reason than to see Ryuhei Kitamura's ingenious, novel and jaw-dropping gore gags. See it before anyone ruins the big blockbuster effect. My only gripe about this movie is that the dialogue is a little uneven: it's kind of clunky in places, and delightfully apt in others. "You just killed the one person who had a soul."
Cameron W. Johnson
Cameron W. Johnson

Super Reviewer

November 1, 2013
First it's "John Dies at the End", and now we have yet another low-profile horror effort that spoils its ending in the title. Now, don't get me wrong, that isn't to say that I don't kind of understand what the deal is with these titles, because by the time these films finally saw a theatrical release, they had gathered so much word-of-mouth from the festival circuits that the filmmakers figured that they may as well go ahead and tell you how things end up before your buddies do. ...Well, in all fairness, "John Dies at the End" didn't entirely live up to the promises made by its title... or at least I don't think it did (It was a confusing, but decent flick), and at any rate, I doubt that people were talking all that much about this film after the Toronto International Film Festival. Needless to say, it doesn't exactly help that the makers of this film don't appear to be sharp enough to come up with that "spoiler title" strategy that I just attempted to explain. Well, actually, this film's title is much more intelligent than the film itself, as it is right when it says that "no one lives", seeing as how those who perceive reality have no concept of the subjective viewpoint of their peers, who could not truly live, are mere components to the illusion that a human's reality is perceived by more than one person, and appear to interpret you as a mere, not truly real component to their reality, even though you really are, or rather, "I", ostensibly the core of all reality, really am. ...I don't know if you have to be as simple-minded as a splatter thriller fan to be totally confused by that theory, but believe me, it sounded better in my head, and as this film will tell you, somewhat interesting ideas are not always executed as sharply as they probably should be. Sorry, Ryuhei Kitamura, but it would appear that the "Midnight Meat Train" isn't going to be passing by twice, even though calling "Midnight Meat Train" a fluke is kind of questionable, not unlike calling this film a big mess, from a filmmaking standpoint that is (There's plenty of messiness in this killer thriller, if you know what I mean, splatter fans), for although there's no getting around this film's many problems, I must admit that there are some decent elements.

There's not only only so much meat to this minimalist, simple-minded premise, but only so much originality, or at least it seems that way, considering that the interpretation of this story is so trite in a lot of ways, and yet, while uniqueness is limited, it can be found, at least in concept, dealing with refreshing, hunter-against-hunter subject matter that offers some potential. It should go without saying that such potential ends up being seriously undercut, but on paper, there is some meat to do injustice to, or justice if you have more patience than me, who must admit that there is, in fact, some justice being done, at least from the effects department. Don't let the "film festival submission" title fool you, as this is pretty much a mindless splatter feature, and on that level, while things all too often go over-the-top, gore is just as often effective, at least on a visceral level, as the creativity and audacity that goes into the disturbing, if questionable imagery that drives many aspects of this thriller are indeed impressive. Again, the gleeful celebration of gory goodness doesn't always work in this film, but it works about as well as anything in this mess, having a certain morbid entertainment to it, punctuated by occasions in which violence really does supplement a sense of genuine tension, which couldn't be supplemented without first being established. That is where director Ryuhei Kitamura comes in, for although his efforts are generally pretty sloppy, there is the occasional highlight to his directorial performance, whose plays with the aforementioned disturbing imagery, as well as atmospheric kicks which aren't that unsubtle, graces this film with more bite than it deserves, or at least enough intrigue to open your eyes to possibilities. These glimpses into a much more passable film may serve to further frustrate you over the final product's loss of potential, but it's hard to deny them, and no matter how limited strengths are here, they're prominent enough for the final product to border on, well, mediocrity, which is relatively flattering. I guess that should tell you just how frustrating it is that the final product can't even reach that level, having its share of highlights, but ultimately collapsing through mediocrity and into contempt, driven down by the overwhelming pressure of its flaws, which even extend to the originality factor I was complimenting earlier.

In concept, there are refreshing elements to this premise, so much so that it's easy to spot unique areas, but in execution, this is the same-old-same-old, as David Cohen's script goes bombarded with trope, after trope, after trope, until it stands as simply trite, with overly familiar plotting and even overly familiar characters, which isn't to say that this film stands to tell you more about character types you already know and, well, are tired of. There's hardly any background information on the characters who stand at the focus of this man-on-man thriller, and gradual exposition is seriously lacking, and I'd be more willing to forgive that if the leads weren't such questionable figures who need development in order for you to get used to them as more than just pieces of garbage, or rather, mere chunks of meat for the grinder, which often gets to be too gratuitous for you to "enjoy" these dirtbags' facing their comeuppance. Both undercooking and familiarity reflect considerable laziness in the characterization of this film, and the performers sure aren't doing anything to obscure such laziness, as the best performances are mediocre interpretations of very little acting material, while the typical performance has a tendency to ham up material to the point of stripping the characters of their convincingness. It's a story of evil vs. evil, yet if it wasn't for the unsubtle characterization, then it would be hard to get a grip on who the lesser of the two is, as the performances are just so unconvincing, even if it is hard to sell material like this. Make no mistake, problems within David Cohen's script extend well beyond clichés and questionable characterization, because even though few elements of this film are as good as mediocre, Cohen's writing is particularly shoddy, with dialogue that ranges from bland to embarrassing, if not laughable, as well as plotting that meanders along, typically waiting for the next splatter to get mildly exciting. It's bad enough that the film is dumb, but it's also dull, and for this, blame is due not only to Cohen's monotonous story structuring, but to Ryuhei Kitamura's storytelling, which has its effective moments, and rarely allows momentum to stop entirely, but still lets plenty of moments get blandly quieter than you'd expect, while all too often beating you over the head with subtlety issues that just make the problems - of which there are very, very, very many - all the more glaring. The film has its moments, but on the whole, it's simply mediocre... for a while, until it reaches a point that should pick up, but instead plunges deeper and deeper into messiness, frustrating and distancing, until what you end up with is a dumb and dull disaster of a final product that offers little that you haven't seen before, and probably even less to enjoy.

Overall, a certain uniqueness to this story concept inspires a certain degree of immediate intrigue, sometimes expanded upon by highlights in gory thrills, as well as some atmospheric chills, thus leaving the final product to border on, at the very least, mediocrity, but not to where you can come close to forgiving the trite plotting, thoroughly questionable characterization, unconvincing acting, stupidity and distancingly, maybe even dully meandering storytelling that drive "No One Lives" into disaster as a lame-brain, bland and all around bad splatter "thriller".

1.75/5 - Poor
Adam M

Super Reviewer

May 26, 2014
Horror thriller that's a bit dodgy but that's why it's enjoyable! A couple look like they're going on a normal weekend getaway when they are hauled off the road by a gang of criminals. Later, when they find out the car is carrying a hostage in the boot, a soon to be very wealthy heiress, it could be to late as the man they've captured is a total psychopath who knows what he's doing in the killing stakes and starts taking revenge on those that took him hostage.
As the film goes on we find out more about the heiress and her odd relationship with her former captor but unfortunately not much more about the maniac himself which feels like a missed opportunity but at the same time No One Lives is clearly just a bit throwaway, the kills and gore being the main focus and in that respect it does a good enough job. Sure there are questions about how our psycho managed to get inside the dead body of a big dude he killed without being noticed at all and also how he managed to set up the well placed bow and arrows around the front of the criminals' cabin without being spotted but I guess that's part of it's charm.
So, plenty to criticise but at the same time enough to enjoy, No One Lives is enjoyable, gory, crazy fun.
September 4, 2013
Violent, bloody, gory, brutal, surprising, and (in a sick way) really fun. Director Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus, Azumi, Godzilla Final Wars) brings his trademark over-the-top action style to this slasher flick . The story is surprisingly inventive and original, especially considering the genre. The film manages to be a modern homage to 80's horror without being yet-another retro-retread nor a Scream-style overly-self-aware film. Fans of practical effects will be particularly pleased, as there are very few (if any) digital/optical effects used. From the Rotten Tomatoes/Metacritic scores, you can tell that it definitely is not a film for everyone, though. But, if you are fan of Director Kitamura or a fan of gory slasher flicks with a sly sense of humor, you'll have a good time.
August 30, 2013
(4 Stars) I'm legitimately shocked with how much I like No One Lives. Its story is so unpredictable, shocking, and WTF and I had no clue how it was going to end. Its gore and deaths are sick and creative... this from a WWE Studios film. I really like director Ryuhei Kitamura and his Sam Raimi-esque direction and how he deals with gore; he does some really insane stuff in this movie. The majority of the blood and guts are all practical.

I admit, some of the violence can seem overly morose, but then I realize how ridiculous this movie is. A lot of the characters aren't really likable, but that's kind of the point. I don't know how many people are going to like this movie like I did, but I hope the horror fans at least try out No One Lives.
July 7, 2014
Looks cheap but have an awesome plot, well Its low budget and is a new type of movie when the criminals become victims is like a bloody Home alone kind of movie, I wish there are more movies like this. This is gonna become a cult classics of criminal fate movies (or not lol).
April 26, 2014 intriguing madness. It's a well-made and moody slasher flick with a formula of its own. However, it has questionable aspects, like the ambiguity of what it wants to picture out of the strangeness of its characters and the blandness of the violence out of its excessive gore. That enough is just tricky to process.
March 28, 2014
Very unique in it's storyline and does a good job in creating a state of affairs where the viewer is forced to guess what is going on and what will happen next.
September 10, 2012

A thoroughly nasty, fun movie. If the movie wasn't as bloody as it was I really don't think I would have liked it as much. Don't expect great acting or any plot, but if youre looking for a bloody slasher film than this movie is for you.
March 6, 2014
A murderous gang becomes the prey when they pick on the wrong victims. Brutality, buckets of blood, stylish camera angles and excessive nudity are choice ingredients for a horror movie but here they are wrapped in a ridiculous nonsensical plot. And SPOILER it doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin :-)
March 3, 2014
For a long time I wanted to see a movie where a psychopath stumbles upon a serial killer in a wrong way... a 2 bad guys showdown... this movie is as close as it gets for now - bad boys vs a psycho...
May 7, 2013
Mediocre but not remotely horrorable.
January 10, 2014
Sangrienta y, en ocasiones, muy bizarra. Un buen slasher en tiempos de puros remakes.
January 5, 2014
Brillant, original, and with one of the most future talked about practical scene in horror.
December 26, 2013
Gorefest in the torture porn vein but with a bit better production value.
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