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Film Review: Till Death

11:00 July 13, 2021
By: David Vicari

This one is a real big surprise. Till Death has the flavor of one of those non-supernatural Stephen King stories, and it's an incredibly suspenseful movie. I was engaged and on the edge of my seat for its entire 88-minute running time.

Emma (Megan Fox) is in a loveless marriage, but feels guilty for having an affair. Her high-powered attorney husband, Mark (Eoin Macken), knows of the affair and plots a spectacular revenge. On their anniversary, he takes Emma to their summer cottage...in the dead of winter, handcuffs her to him, then blows his brains out. So, she's left handcuffed to his corpse. The plot thickens when two intruders (Callan Mulvey and Jack Roth) show up to the cottage.

If you are thinking that the inclusion of the intruders is an extraneous plot development, let me just say that there is a reason for it and it fits in nicely with the revenge plot. Jason Carvey's screenplay is very smart, even though there are maybe one or two moments when you question why a character didn't do this or that, but these very few lapses in judgment do nothing to ruin the enjoyment of the film.

There is stylish direction by first time feature director S.K. Dale, and he milks every possible bit of tension he can from every scene. Even the early scenes that set up the story are dripping with dread, like the moment in the elevator, or Emma and Mark's anniversary dinner scene.

Megan Fox is the star of the film, and let's face it, she is generally known for being window dressing in the Transformers movies and not for her acting chops. However, she is quite good in this movie. She makes you feel for her character, and she plays certain scenes with the perfect amount of dark humor.

Till Death is a crackling good thriller and is available to rent on various streaming sites.

*** stars (out of four)

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