NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU (DISNEY+) (2023)
SYNOPSIS: From 20th Century Studios, “No One Will Save You” is an action-packed face-off between Brynn and a host of extraterrestrial beings who threaten her future while forcing her to deal with her past.
You need to seriously increase the volume of your sound system before you watch No One Can Save You because the entire movie is essentially dialogueless and primarily, relies on clever sound design to make its point.
Brynn (Kaitlyn Dever from Booksmart) is a young lady staying on her own in a big house in rural America. She seems to be suffering from social anxiety issue, the townies seem to bear a grudge against her and she seems content spending her time listening to oldies, visiting her mom’s grave and building her little doll houses.
In addition, there are some strange circles burnt on the lawns and before long, Brynn encounters an alien invasion late one night. A creepy creature with saucer eyes is out roaming in her house forcing her to fight for her life against the intruder.
Written and directed by Brian Duffield (Love And Monsters, Underwater), No One Can Save You kept things to the minimum making the entire ordeal menacing and thrilling without a single line of dialogue uttered as mentioned prior. It’s as if Duffield has lifted the last 30 minutes of Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and make it his own. But the surprises doesn’t stop there as Brynn has another close encounter on a bus while other relatives of the creepy creature, big and small awaits her.
Similarly to A Quiet Place, there are plenty of jump scares amid the quietness of it. While personally not a fan of cheap scares, the tactics work tremendously effective here resulting in an often taut, tension piece.
Kaitlyn Dever deserved lots of credit for portraying a character that is entirely not verbal but the rising star delivers an exhilarating, emotional performance that makes you both empathised about her character’s plight and what actually transpired in her past.
Despite being slick and well-executed, No One Can Save You suffers from a less than satisfactory conclusion. The last part of the story feels like a stretch and you wonder exactly where it is heading. I wish Duffield could have work more on the ending given the superb setup. Yet for what it is, the alien home invasion thriller is an impressive watch even if you don’t buy into the ending.
Review by Linus Tee