Director S.K. Dale makes his feature film debut with “Till Death,” and it’s a great first effort.
Megan Fox stars as Emma in “Till Death,” a woman whose marriage to her husband Mark (Eoin Macken) has been deteriorating. On their anniversary, though, it seems like Mark wants to patch things up. Unfortunately, the morning after, it turns out not to be the case.
Mark handcuffs himself to Emma and because of skeletons in his closet, shoots himself. It turns out this is the first part of a larger revenge plot against Emma for an affair. Now, Emma must survive against two hired men trying to get Mark’s fortune, one of whom she knows from an incident in her past.
“Till Death” is a genre film done phenomenally well. A straightforward thriller elevated by genuine suspense, good performances and stylish direction.
The film’s opening is a bit too slow, but once things gets going, it truly grips an audience until the credits roll. The movie is terrifically well paced, too, allowing for each moment of danger Emma is in to fully develop and build the thrills, while also staying fast to keep things moving.
It helps that this is a rather unique situation, too. There are plenty of movies about a character having to survive in a horrible situation, but it’s rare that they have to drag around a corpse handcuffed to them.
This aspect really forces Emma to have to overcome obstacles and find clever ways out of danger. It serves to not only create more tension, but also make a viewer more invested in Emma’s fight for survival.
Making a lot of this work is Fox, who gives a standout performance. Emma is traumatized, frustrated, but also motivated and relentless in her battle to survive. Fox really brings all of this out in her character and is convincing from start to finish. She does great work as the protagonist.
The villain duo, which consists of two brothers, Jimmy (Jack Roth) and Bobby (Callan Mulvey), also work nicely. They’re not evil masterminds, but rather a desperate man and a hardened criminal, which works for this type of film.
Roth believably portrays the more reluctant of the two while Mulvey is properly intimidating as the cruel Bobby.
The film is well crafted by Dale, too. It’s clear he had a vision for a gritty, intense thriller, and he pulls it off. Like the setting, the mood is cold and stark. Jamie Cairney deserves credit for solid camera work, too.
While it takes a bit to get going and doesn’t have the most rich drama with its story, it does hit all the notes one wants out of a good suspense flick. It’s bloody, fierce and absolutely engaging. Check this one out. 4. out of 5.