No One Gets Out Alive

No One Gets Out Alive ★★½

A forgetable supernatural thriller.

The film follows Ambar, a woman who is living undocumented in the US as she finds herself living in a shady apartment with a dark secret.

The movie starts strong enough, with a solid set piece as we watch a random lady be tormented by the spirits inhabbiting the apartment building. It's a simple sequence, and one that has no bearing on the plot, but it does a good job setting the tone and style of the movie. I like the overall look of the movie, as it has some solid cinematography, and I really dug the designs of the ghosts that we get to see. Like most things in the film, they're quite simple in nature. But they're always out of focus and have some creepy glowing eyes. Outside of that, the movie doesn't really have much going for it.

The movie's plot here is pretty bare bones, as we just watch Ambar be spooked by the various ghosts as she tries to raise money to buy a fake ID in hopes of improving her life. Around the midpoint an uninteresting twist occurs that brings her into the fold of uncovering the secret of the building, but the movie gives it away in the opeing scene. For some reason Netflix has it under "mysteries," and I cannot for the life of me understand why. It's straightforward enough with nothing too shocking occuring over the runtime, leading to it feeling a little boring at times.

The movie also just isn't all that scary. Like I said earlier, it looks nice and has some solid atmosphere, but the scares quickly become repetitive. The pretty much all boil down to: shot looking at Ambar with nothing in the background, shot of whatever Ambar is looking at, shot of Ambar with random ghost (likely her mom) in the previously empty background. Eventually they bring in a bigger threat, but by then it's too little too late, and the greater evil just isn't scary in the slightest.

Still, this isn't the worst thing Netflix has put out, and there are some decent (if repetitive) scares to be had, and Christina Rodlo is pretty solid as our lead, it's just a shame that it's all in meh movie.

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