Till Death (2021) movie review
Till Death is a thriller starring Megan Fox as Emma, a woman who finds herself handcuffed to her dead husband in an isolated cabin. Now she has to find a way to survive and escape, which becomes more difficult after the arrival of two men trying to break in. The film was released back in July so surprisingly moderate reviews and has since attention on Netflix.
Now I chose Till Death to write about because, well it’s actually not bad! I went into the film with incredibly low expectations and ended up thoroughly enjoying it! So with the reminder that it is on Netflix and it’s not amazing, go check out Till Death!
This is the first film I have seen from writer Jason Carvey or director S.K. Dale, but despite a screenplay that may be a little clunky now and then, these two do a fine job. Now one of my issues with the writing does get in to some spoilers. So I’ll simply ask, does everything need to be connected? Movies like this often either deal in coincidence or coincidence when you need a full 90 minutes, but I would rather have chance myself.
Now a film like this needs to bank on its lead, which is what gave me the most pause going into this. Fortunately, while Megan Fox never really sells the build-up, once the film gets going, she’s actually quite good! She manages to quickly turn around a somewhat dislikable protagonist into someone we root for thanks to her ability to react with a surprising degree of realism. She even brings a somewhat down-to-earth approach to the scenario itself, which is refreshing when you need to sell a premise like this, as it puts us in the same boat at the protagonist.
Aside from a solid job from Megan Fox, the film follows the tropes of a good thriller fairly well. Setup and payoff? Check. Smart decisions? Check. Gritty repercussions for poor decisions? Check. Keeping the environment a threat without taking the focus off the antagonists? Check. Actually I really like what they do with the ‘antagonist’ as far as the actual story structure goes, but I won’t spoil that here…
Look, Till Death is no 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) nor is it that different from any other thriller where one protagonist in a confined setting has to deal with threats from both other individuals and the setting itself in order to escape. But somewhere between my ridiculously low expectations and the idea that a little indie thriller on Netflix kept my attention and entertained me more than half the film’s I’ve seen in theaters this year, I thought it was a blast! It is worth a 7/10? No. It’s probably a 6/10 at best. Am I going to give is a solid 7/10? Absolutely.
So Till Death? Did you watch it? What did you think? And what is your favorite confined thriller like this? Be sure to leave a like or a comment and let us know! And if you liked this review and you want to read more like it, leave a like and a comment and let us know what we should talk about next!
-review by Ryan Prince