A Dose of Terror: No One Lives

On August 26, 2013 by Jim Law

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A DOSE OF TERROR: No One Lives

By Steve Wood

This week’s instalment is No One Lives, a WWE film, which normally would make me turn away, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway, and it was worth it.

Basic run down is that a group of people attempt the kidnapping of an unnamed man (Luke Evans) and a woman he’s travelling with. But this mysterious man ends up being something much worse than the kidnappers expected, and that’s when all hell breaks loose. What follows is a revenge flick that was fun from start to finish and enough blood and guts to keep me satisfied.

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It isn’t very often when a movie revolves around only bad guys, because there were no good guys here. I didn’t know who to root for because everyone was either a scumbag or a cold blooded killer. The acting wasn’t great, it was actually quite bad, but for what it’s worth, I didn’t check this out expecting for top notch acting chops.

Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, in his debut English language film, and written by David Cohen, with his first screenplay, were able to develop something that looked great and could have been better if different actors were involved. With a Japanese director, the violence here is very brutal and realistic, with the exception of one scene that you can see just below this paragraph.

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I’ve seen Luke Evans in Fast & Furious 6, where he played a by the book bad guy, not showing any emotions, and very monotone with his deliver…and it was the same here, so I guess that was a good thing? As far as his role as a murderous psychopath, he was perfect, but I think that’s because his acting is limited to an emotionless weirdo.

This wasn’t on Netflix, I found it through more unscrupulous means, and I encourage you to do the same! But no really, I bought it online.

GRADES

Violence – A

Realism – B

Suspense – C

Nudity – B (America Olivo showed some awesome skin)

 

 

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