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Movie Review: No One Lives

No One Lives

Although Luke Evans has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade, his breakthrough role was that of a villain in Fast and the Furious 6. In fact, he was one of the Philippines’ visitors a few months back to promote the film, which ultimately proved to be successful in the box office. It was also during this visit that he sang his way to Filipino hearts by crooning a few lines of Kailangan Kita, a Lea Valdez’ hit.

The success of Fast and the Furious 6, coupled with Evans’ undeniable charm may be the reason why local cinemas thought No One Lives would be a big hit. A movie with Luke Evans in top billing should attract moviegoers, right? Perhaps.

In the movie No One Lives, Evans reprises the role of the anti-hero; cold, calculating, cruel and cunning. He is a lean killing machine who extinguishes lives without remorse…which is exactly like his character in the Fast and the Furious franchise. The screenplay also plays with a lot of violent, bloody and gory scenes, which have a déjà vu feel to it. The ‘kill’ scenes look familiar and the blood, too contrived. The plot is as messy and vague as its storyline and the movie ends leaving the viewer with a lot of unanswered questions. What did the two lead female cast’s identical scars mean? Was Tamara also a kidnap victim? How was Emma chosen? And in the end scene, why did no one see the killer parade around the hotel lobby, stripping off the doctor’s gown and throwing it away?

We may never know and sadly, we will never get back the time and money spent on such an odious film. Kudos to Evans for his effective portrayal…but that’s just about the only positive thing one can say. Truly, no one will live to say they enjoyed seeing this flick.

No One Lives is now showing in cinemas nationwide. See trailer below also:

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