Parents' Guide to

No One Gets Out Alive

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Book-based tale has graphic violence, supernatural horror.

Movie R 2021 85 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

NO sex, YES violence. I think the other reviewers were watching the wrong movie. There's not even mentions of sex and drugs.

despite what other reviewers have said, there is NO sex, only brief mentions of drinking alcohol and smoking, there IS lots of gore, violence and supernatural themes. The movie's done really well. It's quite creepy with some very bloody and realistic violence. If you're not good with gore then don't watch this movie. I wouldn't say there's too much violence (if you're a horror fan) but if it's a movie you're gonna watch with the kids after dinner? Then yeah, it's pretty violent.
age 17+

Creepy horror movie with interesting monster

THE GOOD: I liked that the main character's backstory (being an illegal immigrant, leaving her in a bad situation with few options) added to the horror of the film. In a horror film with lazier writing, characters just make inexplicably bad choices which lead to their fate/situation. However, the reasons the main character has to stay in the house which obviously gives her bad vibes are reasonable, plot related and do not feel contrived. The movie shows a humanized story of the struggles an immigrant like the main character faces, and she is really caught between a rock and a hard place. I was really happy the movie did not include sexual assault despite some of the men's actions having creepy undertones and it could have easily 'gone there'. There is actually no on-screen sexual content in the movie. TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT: Violence Against Women (3/5) - The violence of the film is centered around violence against women. (Spoilers beyond) In the end it is literally a trap set for women, and they are held captive, hit, restrained and killed. This sort of targeted violence can be upsetting, and it might be worth talking about. Violence in General (3/5) - For such a small cast of characters, many die. One male character who attempts to intervene and save the main character is killed. The main character eventually escapes the trap by killing her captors, but she is the only one who makes it out alive. There is a decent amount of gore.

Is It Any Good?

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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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