A young woman dealing with personal traumas tries to survive an alien invasion in No One Will Save You. Brynn (Kaitlyn Dever) is a young woman living a withdrawn existence in her childhood home. Brynn wakes up one night to discover something has entered her house. She is shocked to discover that this is the beginning of an alien invasion.
No One Will Save You Synopsis
No One Will Save You is an alien (home) invasion film written and directed by Brian Duffield (Spontaneous). Told predominantly without any dialogue, the film stars Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart, Dear Evan Hansen) as the lone protagonist Brynn, who lives a solitary existence tied in some ways to the losses of both her mother and best friend Maude, the latter she writes letters to. One night, Brynn has to contend with an extraterrestrial being entering her house. Brynn soon finds out that this is the start of a full-on invasion and she has to fight to survive.
My Thoughts on No One Will Save You
No One Will Save You is probably at its best during the first half hour, which details the initial alien home invasion. This sequence has some quite intense moments and on it's own would make a great standalone short film. Kaitlyn Dever does a great job of conveying her fright, despite not uttering a single word.
The second act of No One Will Save You is also quite solid, with the film adding elements of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1978 remake) and also featuring some variations of the typical grey alien, including a giant one that comes across like a mix between a spider and a praying mantis. However, No One Will Save You does begin to falter a bit in the third act, as it begins to integrate Brynn's own personal trauma into the overall invasion plot.
It is also worth talking about how there is no dialogue in No One Will Save You, which is sure to elicit some comparisons to A Quiet Place. While most of the film does do a good job of conveying the plot without any dialogue, there are a few scenes where it feels like a forced gimmick. Specifically, there is a moment early in the second act of the film, where it appears like Brynn is about to begin speaking, only to be stopped by the person slapping her in the face. However, No One Will Save You does make it feel earned when a line of dialogue finally gets spoken late in the film.
I also have to talk a bit about the design of the aliens, which adopt the stereotypical “grey alien” appearance. There are some scenes in the film, where it is blatantly obvious the aliens are created with CGI, particularly in moments when they are well-lit. The aliens are better when they are only partially scene or are engulfed in shadow.
Overall, while No One Will Save You is quite an intense sci-fi horror film at times, the faltering plot in the third act prevents it from being a truly great one.