No One Lives - Review
Review by Rob Carnevale
LUKE Evans creates a memorable new horror creation in No One Lives but the film itself splatters to deceive.
On the one hand, Ryûhei Kitamura’s feature has some smart plot twists but on the other it’s too fixated on the gory ‘thrill of the kill’, which renders it an ultimately tedious exercise in violent exploitation.
The plot picks up as an apparently amiable man Driver (Evans) and his girlfriend head for a quiet retreat only to fall foul of a violent gang of thieves and killers (headed by Lee Tergesen’s Hoag but including Derek Magyar’s hot-headed Flynn).
However, appearances prove deceptive and Hoag’s gang quickly come to regret ever crossing paths with Evans’ ruthless stranger.
Despite its intriguing set-up, Kitamura’s horror-thriller is the type of film that exists to be nasty, dishing out all manner of unpleasantness to it’s male and female characters.
The director’s view seems to be that the more graphic and OTT the kill the better but this negates the film’s ability to be taken seriously as a genre-bending thriller.
Evans is good in the lead role, oozing cold menace, but his supporting cast mostly shout and scream hysterically and are nothing more than victims in waiting (apart from Adelaide Clemens, who also rises above the material). But sadly, even Magyar’s main adversary lacks any real presence.
Admittedly, part of this is down to Kitamura’s relentless pacing, which never lets up (the film is mercifully short). But even so, certain performances leave a lot to be desired even though some may argue they’re going for a deliberately B-movie feel.
No One Lives is therefore yet another horror entry that gets undone by its own unpleasant excess.
Running time: 87mins
UK Release Date: September 6, 2013