No One Will Save You (2023)
September 29, 2023 1:40 AM - Subscribe

A young woman who’s been alienated from her community finds herself in a face-off against a host of extraterrestrial beings who threaten her future while forcing her to deal with her past.

Written and directed by Brian Duffield (who also wrote and directed Spontaneous). The film features only 2 lines of dialogue and relies almost entirely on the performance of the Kaitlyn Dever as Brynn.

Currently boasting a 81% ranking at Rotten Tomatoes

"In Duffield’s capable hands, a journey through self-forgiveness gets transformed into a propulsive, nerve-fraying sci-fi twist on home invasion horror."-Meagan Navarro-Bloody Disgusting

Stephen King praised the film writing, "NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU: Brilliant, daring, involving, scary. You have to go back over 60 years, to a TWILIGHT ZONE episode called "The Invaders," to find anything remotely like it. Truly unique."
posted by miss-lapin (10 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Inexplicably this film was released directly to Hulu instead of to theaters, where I would have LOVED to see it. The cinematography is great as is the sound design and editing.

My one caveat is that after watching the movie is the motives of the aliens were unclear to me. I mean they want world dominattion but to what end? This article did help me to understand why Duffield made the choices he did in terms of what the aliens want.

It's definitely a very fun ride.
posted by miss-lapin at 1:51 AM on September 29, 2023

Maybe their motivations were just too alien for us to comprehend?

Agree on the fun ride, as someone who was traumatised by Barry's abduction in Close Encounters as a child, this tapped into that same fear. Glad it was short though, my nerves were fraying.
posted by Molesome at 3:10 AM on September 29, 2023

Good to see I'm not the only one who remembered that Twilight Zone episode while watching this movie.
posted by Archer25 at 7:06 AM on September 29, 2023

We loved this, fun and emotional, well-paced and just scary enough, and clever enough without being hifalutin.
posted by Claude Hoeper at 8:32 AM on September 29, 2023

It's on Disney+ in Canada.

It's quite like 'Bad Taste', but with less gore, AIDS, and sheep.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 1:42 PM on September 29, 2023 [1 favorite]

When I heard about this movie my mind immediately went to the old Twilight Zone episode. I mean, a wordless story about a lonely small-town woman, fighting aliens? While this movie is obviously not a remake, I'd be very surprised if it wasn't directly inspired by The Invaders. (If you haven't seen that episode, by the way, I'd strongly suggest tracking it down. It's still eerie as hell and Agnes Moorehead is great in a very atypical role for her.)

My heart aches for the poor graphic designer who came up with this movie's poster. It's a pretty good poster, but then you know the studio was like, "Stick our logo in there, above the title! We don't care if it looks weird, just do it!" So now it reads as "20th Century Fox NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU," and it kind of makes it sound like the studio is in dire trouble.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 4:19 PM on September 29, 2023 [3 favorites]

This also had some Shirley Jackson vibes, except with aliens.

It's definitely not perfect but it's ambitious and I had fun with it.
posted by edencosmic at 8:14 AM on September 30, 2023

I liked the variety of differently sized aliens she defeats. Human-sized first, child-sized second, giant third and then finallly overcomes the tiny one's mind control.

My takeaway was that Brynn's grief was so strong that the alien mind-control fantasy failed and so instead of using mind control they just made the world a place where she'd be happy

Fairytale ending!
posted by M Edward at 12:19 PM on September 30, 2023 [1 favorite]

I think the subversion of the self forgiveness trope here is really great. In that alien induced memory, she's able to forgive herself for what she's done. Which leaves her free to enjoy her new life in the alien sponsored Stepford. It reminds me of the Ring where there was also the subversion of expectation with releasing Samara's spirit.
posted by miss-lapin at 8:23 PM on September 30, 2023 [2 favorites]

I dug the wordless conceit and the alien aliens. Kaitlyn Dever deftly carried it to the finish line. Best sci-fi movie I've seen this year.
posted by fairmettle at 2:42 PM on October 11, 2023

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