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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in supernatural horror movie.
Positive Role Models
Ambar is trying to make a better life for herself by coming to the United States, and her struggle to find "The American Dream" doesn't sugarcoat the many challenges immigrants face as they try to begin a new life.
Lead character is a Latina from Mexico who has entered the United States as an illegal immigrant. She works with, and seems to befriend, other immigrant women from Africa and Romania.
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Violence & Scariness
Supernatural horror violence throughout. Sounds of women screaming echo through the boardinghouse where the lead character lives. A large man throws women around, forces a bottle of wine into the lead character's mouth, chains women to slabs of concrete in the basement of the boarding house, kills a young woman by throwing her down a stairwell. Lead character bludgeons a man to death with a spiky warclub, his head shown bloody and bashed in. Lead character attacks another man with the warclub, slicing his chest before chaining him to the concrete slab in the basement, where he's decapitated by a demon. Uncle of lead character beaten by villain outside the door of lead character's room in the rooming house; blood and a tooth shown going underneath the door as the sounds of the man being violently beaten reverberate. Villain stomps on lead character's ankle, breaking it.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Vague insinuations that two immigrant women living in the boarding house are having sex for money and possibly free rent.
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"Motherf--ker" said once in Spanish. "F--k" used a few times. Also: "s--t," "a--hole" and "Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking Wine drinking at dinner. Martini drinking in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that No One Gets Out Alive is a 2021 horror movie in which an undocumented immigrant enters a supernatural nightmare after moving into a rundown boardinghouse in Cleveland. Besides the supernatural horror of ghostly and demonic visions and sounds, there are also scenes in which a large man brutally assaults women that may be triggering for some viewers. In one scene, the lead character is grabbed in the face by a large man and forced to open her mouth to drink from a bottle of wine. Women are thrown into walls, a woman is stomped in the ankle, resulting in breakage, and another woman is thrown down a stairwell and killed. Women are shown chained up in a room before being chained to a slab of concrete in the boardinghouse basement, where they're to be sacrifices to a demon. Characters are bludgeoned to death with a spiky warclub, which is bloody and graphic. Character decapitated by a demon. The lead character hears her uncle getting beaten on the other side of her door, then sees blood and a knocked-out tooth flow in from beneath the door. Knife to throat. Infrequent profanity, including "motherf--ker" said in Spanish and "f--k" and "s--t." Cigarette smoking and drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a supernatural horror movie with very real violence perpetrated on undocumented female immigrants. Based on a novel, No One Gets Out Alive is at its best when it depicts the all-too-real nightmare of women who are undocumented immigrants trying to survive in contemporary America. The struggles Ambar faces in attaining an ID that will help her get a better job than the sweatshop job she currently works, of keeping the sweatshop job she has, of finding a place to live, of being almost completely alone in a strange and harsh new environment -- these scenes are among the most powerful and engaging. That helplessness comes through, and often feels more frightening than the ghostly apparitions popping up around the shabby Cleveland boardinghouse where Ambar takes up residence and backstory of archeologists gone mad.
Indeed, the violence perpetrated against Ambar and the other immigrant women living in the boardinghouse is so graphic and disturbing, it makes the later scenes of a demon-in-a-box hungry for human sacrifice tame, or even ludicrous, by comparison to the assault that went on in the scenes prior to the big reveals of Act Three. The acting is very good across the board, but the story itself, as disturbingly grisly as some of the more realistic violence is, becomes a bit of a standard-grade haunted house story, with the obligatory Supernatural Forces Unleashed at some point in the past that are lurking in the Mysterious and Creepy Basement. It ends how it ends, but it's almost a foregone conclusion that what will stay with viewers long after watching this isn't the proverbial big reveal, but the gruesome violence that happened in the scenes leading up to it.
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