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Forgive past mistakes -- one's own and those of others.
Positive Role Models
Brynn is courageous and clever in fighting the aliens. Something has happened in her past to make her an anxious hideaway and outcast.
There is some diversity seen in the small town where main character Brynn lives, but most of the screen time of the film involves a White woman who seems to have some unresolved psychological trauma and is fighting aliens.
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Violence & Scariness
People are chased and possessed by violent and creepy aliens. Their skin crawls and the main character is in constant danger. She is stalked, attacked, injured, and threatened. She experiences grave fear and must fight for her life, killing aliens in the process by stabbing them and blowing them up. Sounds and music are eerie. Lights flash on and off. A woman spits on another woman's face. A woman suffers panic attacks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is seen kissing from afar.
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Products & Purchases
Some car and clothing brands are seen on screen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brynn drinks a glass of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that main character Brynn (Kaitlyn Dever) of No One Will Save You seems to grapple with some psychological trauma that keeps her living all alone and alienated from her neighbors and local townspeople. The reason for her isolation is revealed in scenes that involve some violence and emotion, but not in dialogue, because the film has almost no spoken lines. Brynn and others are chased by aliens who appear to possess people by getting inside their bodies in a memorably terrifying way. The main character is in constant danger, stalked, attacked, injured, threatened, and ignored or disrespected by others. She kills some aliens. The experience is tense: sounds and music are eerie, lights flash on and off. Wine drinking in one scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Few films manage to keep such a strong hold on your attention with so few spoken words. Chalk that up to a riveting performance by Dever, on screen for the entirety of No One Will Save You, as well as to a tightly constructed story. Hints at Brynn's past, her social isolation, and her anxiety are sprinkled throughout the first act but not explained until the third. Alienated herself, living alone in a big farmhouse with remnants of those no longer with her, Brynn is the perfect victim in the right setting for a horror film. But she doesn't go without a fight, offering some heart-pounding hide-and-seek sequences.
With the camera right up close on her face, and often just her eyes, Dever's Brynn goes through every emotion possible in the film's tense 93 minutes. The aliens aren't particularly scary or original in appearance until they start bending and folding into spider-like shapes, and Brynn manages to kill a few in inventive ways. To compensate for the lack of speaking, the film's impressive sound design and editing hones in on Brynn's heavy breathing and grunts, weird noises coming from the aliens, and contrasts between uneasy silence and acoustic jump-starts.
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