Another pleasant surprise (or unpleasant as the case may be), No One Lives is a horror film with a twist. Luke Evans plays “Driver” (as listed in the credits) ostensibly relocating with his “girlfriend” and driving a BMW towing a trailer. At first glance all seems normal, except that there is something not right about him. His manner of speech and the way he treats his young girlfriend are red flags.
I a parallel story, a gang of thieves is robbing a large mansion when the owners return early interrupting the heist. One of the thieves opens fire and kills the husband, the wife and their teenage son. The gang packs up and takes off to avoid entanglement with the authorities.
During a chance meeting at a steakhouse, the gang member responsible for slaughtering the returning family comes across the Driver and his young traveling companion. The murderous thief leaves but waits for the driver. The thief steals the BMW and trailer. The Driver and his young woman are taken to a warehouse to be tortured for any other material possessions which might make up for the botched robbery attempt. What the thief finds in the trunk sets of a horrifying string of lethal events.
I liked the story and the main twist is a clever idea. The Driver is not what he appears to be and the thieves while definitely not good guys are not the villains in the story. It is a horror film and a gory one at that: several scenes of characters getting shot in the head and blood spattering; a couple scenes of gruesome torture; lots of blood. There is a small amount of nudity, which is always kind of unsettling in films like this. This is definitely not a movie for children.
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Worth a look if you like gory, disturbing films.
Skip it if torture and/or the sight of blood makes you queasy.
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