Review of No One Will Save You, the horror film written and directed by Brian Duffield available on Disney+ via STAR.
There’s just over a month left until Halloween and we’re already looking forward to finding good horror movies that make us jump, so the premiere of Nobody Will Save You on Disney+ is a gift “fallen from heaven.” And we mean that literally because it’s about an alien invasion and its effects on a main character brilliantly played by Kaitlyn Dever.
The American actress has broken our hearts in various previous projects such as Believe Me or Dopesick: Story of an Addiction, but the fact is that she is not bad at comedy either. Here she supports the entire footage on her shoulders since she is the undisputed protagonist with the additional difficulty that she only speaks a word on one occasion during the 93 minutes of footage.
So, at the outset, we can say that we are facing a film that is pure cinematographic language: the ominous soundtrack and the rhythm of the action define the narrative passages that never let go of the viewer.
Let no one be fooled into thinking that for not having dialogue is a boring movie because nothing further: it is impossible to stop looking at the screen.
What is Nobody Will Save You about?
The film introduces us to the lonely Brynn, an isolated young woman whose only hobby is writing to her best friend and creating a small, idyllic miniature town where everything runs in peace and harmony, contrary to what she lives every day, given who has a most solitary existence.
However, her calm is disturbed one night when some noises wake her up. She soon discovers that her house is being raided by extraterrestrial beings trying to enter her home, so she is forced to hide, fight and flee.
The magnitude of what happens exceeds her expectations and she soon discovers that getting away from the creatures that besiege her is going to be much more difficult than she might have thought at first. She is alone and does not know her intentions.
Overcome the past to be able to live in the present, whatever it may be
There are several pretty bold creative decisions in No One Will Save You. The first of them is to use an alien invasion as an excuse or metaphor for the process that Brynn needs to go through in order to live in peace.
The second, we have already pointed out: give up dialogues to let the situations tell us what is happening.
And this is supported by the great strength of the film, which is having a very expressive actress. Through her face and her body language we go through a whole range of sensations: fear, disgust, anger, shame, decision, anxiety, regret… Quite an emotional journey.
But there is another issue that draws our attention because it is unusual: here the aliens are not hidden from us until we reach the ending, but rather we see them almost from the beginning. There is a very honest bet in favor of the viewer knowing what is happening at all times and can focus on the story of this woman, so “alone in the face of danger.”
Which also means that there has been an additional effort to design them to be disturbing, emitting sounds like clicking, moving spasmodically and parasitizing bodies in the purest Invasion of the Ultrabodies style.
In general terms, no one will save you It is a very classic film: the use of light, the visual approach, the production design… until the final climax, something more psychedelic, getting us into Brynn’s memory and giving meaning to her suffering (necessary to overcome sin committed in the past), refers us to an entire tradition of horror films that borders on the fantastic.
Only two drawbacks: some occasional excess of CGI and the fact that it fails to make us truly scared.. It manages to captivate your attention from beginning to end, but it is not one of those films that will make you look askance out the window thinking that we are not alone.
No One Will Save You is an original film, very well constructed, acted and full of references to classic films such as Invasion of the Ultracorps. It is worth investing the time to see it.
Kaitlyn Dever takes the film on her shoulders doing a magnificent job. It is pure cinematographic language (a single line of script).
It is not so much a horror film as an emotional journey towards the protagonist’s redemption. It’s very well made but it’s not scary.