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Movie review: 'No One Lives'

Posted 2:26pm on Thursday, May. 09, 2013

R (strong bloody violence, disturbing images, pervasive strong language and sexuality/nudity); 86 min.

In a remote roadhouse on a rural back road, a young couple (Laura Ramsey and Luke Evans), towing all their worldly possessions in a trailer for their cross-country move, are just settling in for dinner when the thugs arrive. And they’re accosted.

What the couple doesn’t know, but we do, is that these five backwoods goths have just botched a simple burglary and had to slaughter a family that interrupted the heist. And no matter what their brutish leader (Lee Tergesen) says, no matter what steps Amber (Lindsey Shaw) takes to intervene, there’s no defusing hothead Flynn (Derek Magyar).

It’s only when the five have nabbed the pair that they find out while ransacking their car that another woman (Adelaide Clemens) is hidden there. And it’s only when the blood spatters and the screams peal into the long, dark night that we figure out why this is titled No One Lives.

Ryuhei Kitamura ( Midnight Meat Train), working from first-time writer David Cohen’s script, wrings a few jolts and some mordant laughs out of this Last House on the Left variation of an overly familiar formula.

But No One Lives has to give away its biggest, best secret (the killers have messed with the wrong guy) far too early for its own good.

— Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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