No One Gets Out Alive Review

No One Gets Out Alive is a Netflix Original title following a Mexican illegal immigrant as she moves into a shady backstreet apartment with a sinister secret.

No One Gets Out Alive Plot

When Ambar, a Mexican illegal immigrant, is asked for papers by her landlord, she seeks out accommodation in the less affluent parts of Cleveland, Ohio. After some searching, our heroine finds an answer to her problems in the form of a drab, run-down apartment in a shady backstreet block.

After paying one month’s back rent to the landlord, Red, Amber tries to settle into her new home but is soon left shaken by a series of visions of ghostly figures.

Due to being scammed by a co-worker promising fake papers early in the movie, Amber is left destitute but too scared to go back to her house because of her harrowing experience. In need of money, she contacts Red and asks for her deposit back so she can find somewhere else to live. Reluctantly, the shifty landlord agrees to refund her money but says he has no cash on him. Amber agrees to go back to the house to collect her advanced rent but soon realizes that she has made a huge mistake returning to the property.

A Stylishly Macabre Journey

No One Gets Out Alive holds a certai “Je ne sais quoi”. A real quality that you can’t quite put your finger on. The movie seems to be shot entirely through a subtle but extremely effective wash-out filter that oozes classical cinema and works to immerse you in the movie, drawing you in and setting the perfect atmosphere to a movie of its ilk.

While No One Gets out isn’t up there with the scariest movies of all time, it isn’t without its fair share of genuinely spine-chilling moments that are both original and an absolute credit to No One Gets Out Alive’s director, Santiago Menghini. Furthermore, the story offers a double-edged sword in terms of inducing fear in the viewer. On one side of the coin, we have the ghostly apparitions that haunt Amber in her new apartment; and on the other we have the two brothers who play a blinding part of the movie and offer a layer of fear of their very own.

No One Gets Out Alive – Cast and Characters

There’s seldom a point in a solid, entertaining plot without an equally solid and entertaining cast to back it up. No One Gets Out Alive is made up of relatively unknown talent, but that isn’t to say that that’s a bad thing.

Christina Roldo, plays the lead as she steps into the well-trodden shoes of the movies heroine, Amber. Playing the part of the illegal immigrant, Roldo proffers up a stunning performance and induces real feelings of empathy as the character meets her numerous ordeals. You find yourself truly feeling sorry for Amber as she is turfed out of various homes and turned away from many hotel reception desks. Of course, these feelings morph into a very real fear for her as she faces danger head-on.

Of course, it takes more than one great actor to make-up a great cast and the atmosphere isn’t owing alone to Roldo. Marc Menchaca and David Figlioli perfectly portray the brothers, Red and Becker.

no one gets out alive review

Summary

No One Gets Out Alive takes a workable premise and turns it into something beyond the realms of adequacy. So often is the case that horror scenes seem to near-repeat themselves as filmmakers run out of original ideas and fall back on the comfy slippers of the horror world. This Netflix Original, however, brings fresh, innovative ideas to an often stale genre and does so with style, grace, and above all, plenty of fear.

Summary
No One Gets Out Alive is a fine example of how a horror movie should be. With plenty of scares, a great cast and a real premise, there's little bad that can be said for this Netflix Original.
Good
  • Atmospheric
  • Spooky
  • Great cast
  • Solid story
  • Unpredictable
Bad
  • Strange ending
8.5
Great

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