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No One Lives (Blu-ray + DVD)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
- Synopsis - If you've seen the trailer then you know basically the entire movies premise. A couple is driving down the road looking to 'relocate'. They stop for a night at a motel and get some dinner. While having dinner they are harassed by a member of this group of criminals before the leader stops him. Later on the couple is run off the road by the man who harassed them and kidnapped. Though at first the leader disagrees when finding out what has happened, he changes his mind soon enough. One of the bigger members of the group is threatening to torture the couple in a secluded location. Suddenly the lady takes her own life before anything can happen to the surprise of the torturer and dismay of her handcuffed lover. The man escapes his handcuffs and kills the torturer, showing a violent well trained side to him and sets out to get revenge on the rest of the group. But the couple have been hiding a terrible secret this entire time that will disturb even the ruthless criminals who kidnapped them. Thats just part of the plot. There are some more small subplots, but you'll just have to see the movie yourself to find out!

This movie caught me by surprise. Of course anyone who has seen the trailer knows that the twist of the movie is given away. Even the DVD/Blu Ray cover itself gives away the twist. This movie could have had a wider theatrical release and could have been more successful if the marketing was handled better. I feel like, if under the right marketing hands, the movie could have been just as financially successful as the WWE studios last horror movie "The Call". I initially thought this was going to be another mindless B movie from the mostly horrible films the WWE studios puts out. I was dead wrong. Even though what could have been one of the more interesting twists in recent horror movies was given away so carelessly, this movie still packs a decent punch. The Director is Ryuhei Kitamura. He directed his first American movie "The Midnight Meat Train"(No it's not a porno) starring Bradley Cooper and based on a story by Clive Barker. That movie was visually stunning for the Horror genre and was a okay horror movie thanks to the "Clive Barker" aspect. Parts of this movie contain the visual cleverness of "Midnight Meat Train", but some parts do look a bit amateurish. Some say because it's supposed to pay homage to 70s Grindhouse movies. I bought this impulsively and decided to save money and just get the cheaper DVD, but now I kinda wish I had bought the Blu-Ray because I would like to have seen how some of the more visual scenes would have looked in HD. Like most horror movies, this is best viewed at night, literally.

The first 20 minutes are really good and tension filled. The middle part of the movie slightly goes a bit downhill in the horror aspect. The killer wasn't used to his full potential in some scenes and the editing seemed choppy at times. But it was still full of serial killer tension. Some of the dialogue from the less talented actors ruined some of the middle scenes, but it didn't turn into a disaster. The last 20 minutes is where the movie shines the most. It has action, killing, decent dialogue for a horror movie, a good ending, and a nice soundtrack similar to the Saw theme. The movie had decent horror movie music, but the final scene/credits is where the soundtrack really shines. I think the ending was cliché, but very well done. Dexter fans, the last 20 minutes might remind you of that show a bit.

Luke Evans(Immortals, Fast and Furious 6) does a great job in his sociopath role. Some said he seemed wooden and couldn't act well. That was the way his character is supposed to seem. Wooden and awkward, yet charismatic! He plays a great psychopath! The only other notable performance is Adelaide Clemens(Silent Hill 2) who reminds me of Michelle Williams! She was nice in her ominous role. She is also very pretty. The rest of the cast are decent at best, but still better than B-movie standards.

I'm not saying this is better than recent horror movies like "The Conjuring", "Insidious 1 and 2", or "You're Next", but I still think this movie is better than most horror movies that get a wide theatrical release. It was definitely way better than the 2013 Texas Chainsaw Massacre! This had a theatrical run, but barely. "No One Lives" has the potential to become a horror cult classic. I hope that the DVD release will expand its audience! This is a good way to spend a boring night when you have nothing else to do. You don't have to buy it, but at least give it a rental. It is one of the better horror movies in recent memory truthfully.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2013
Running time approx.86 min. 5.1 Dolby Digital. Widescreen picture. As a (B) rated movie, this particular film was produced to (A-list) level quality. Hardcore action, blood, and gore all the way through. A group of career criminal thugs happen to cross paths with a real (Serial killer). The criminals make the deadly mistake of pissing him off, and he teaches all (roughnecks) a lesson they will (NOT) live to regret. A great story! Its stunning how well this movie was both written and produced. Its a (5) star movie hands down! There are NO flaws in this movie. It's shockingly good! Its pure entertainment and action all the way through. The sets, props, wardrobes, effects, and acting were spot on. The cinematography was very good. Every aspect of this movie was well managed;it was money well spent and my compliments to all producers involved. Luke Evans, the only (A-list) actor in this movie, carried it very well and gave a hardcore performance that only a seasoned actor could do. However, be warned, this movie is very gruesome and bloody, and the gore factor is very high! This movie is a true masterpiece, and I highly recommend purchase on Blu ray. Thanks
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Went into this expecting a "B" movie, or worse.
I was pleasantly surprised. The movie kept me interested the whole time. Good action. Good acting. Some effects were a little over the top, but even those were pretty well done. And the plot keeps you intrigued.
I really liked the characters. I felt the more prominent ones were fairly well thought out.

If you're looking for a really good "B" movie, check this one out.
I don't say this often, but... I'd see this one again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I bought this from Flex View and it was a blind buy but thankfully it was a great film .I watched it twice back to back and enjoyed it the second time even more than the first.

A group of inept criminals fail at robbing an estate.After the failed attempt they see a couple in a nice car and decide to rob and kidnap them instead.Bad Idea especially when one of the people they kidnap is a sadistic serial killer.

The acting is top notch as are the gore effects.The gore is extremely well done and will satisfy the most die hard slasher fanatic.We get severed heads,face and head bashing,slashing,gunshot blasts,arrows through the torso and even a guy put through a huge industrial grinder and that's just some of the kills.

The film starts off fast and never lets up, it's high octane all the way.Luke Evans known only as "Driver" really took this role and ran with it using restraint where it was needed and went full throttle during his murderous rampage.
This is a new favorite for me,everything worked.There were a few unanswered questions but I think it was for the sake of ambiguity.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
One of the best revenge movies that I have ever seen. This is a real "Man's" movie so don't watch it if you are weak when it come to blood and gore. I watched this movie five times in three days. If you desire action at it best along with the revenge factor then this movie is for you! "ENJOY" I did.......
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2013
A really bloody good 80's slasher homage. Luke Evans should really play the Punisher in my honest opinion. Same director of Midnight Meat Train.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2013
I love horror movies and also the WWE. but the majority of their fillms are a let down. So when I saw this movie I was skeptical. I rented it on a recomendation from a friend and was pleasently supprised. It had a good story and some sick kills. Only reason I couldn't give it 5 stars is not enough creative, violent, bloody kills. over all it was good though
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The film opens with 3 subplots. Emma (Adelaide Clemens), an heiress is kidnapped by a psychopath. Meanwhile our unnamed star (Luke Evans) and Betty (Laura Ramsey) are relocating. He is somewhat of a sociopath, an idea role for someone who can't act. The third subplot concerns a group of criminals who are robbing a mansion when the owners come home and surprises them with deadly results.

About 20 minutes into the film the subplots come together and we find ourselves rooting for a sociopathic killer.

The film contains gallons of blood and gore. It is smartly done for a low budget. It has a decent script along with good characters, dialouge, and some decent acting. Luke Evans has a cold delivery that is darkly comical,"You people never heard of zip ties?" Adelaide Clemens as Emma was equally cold and darkly comical.

Not for everyone, but one I liked.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Laura Ramsey-brief, America Olivo-thank you.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2014
Well here we have the incredible and very underrated Luke Evans (Zeus in the Immortals) well he is a bad, very bad guy going after other bad guys because they stepped on his toes and took something of his and he wants it back. I won't say much more because there are a lot of twists and some turns and definitely some "tell me when he's done" moments. I am a huge fan of Luke Evans and this is terrific.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
This man is determined to get who he came for. NOTHING OR NOONE IS AN EXCEPTION FOR DEATH who is in his way. He takes killing to a whole new level. Bloody massacre all the way. My kind of movie. 9+.
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